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Michael’s Statement in Opposition to North River

Nov 29, 2017 No Comments ›› mbarranda

Prior to the vote on the City's proposed acquisition of the North River property, Michael wrote an op-ed for the Journal Gazette explaining the pending issue. Here is a link to the November 20th column. City Council's vote took place on November 28th. Michael voted in opposition to the purchase during the committee session. However, the ...

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Comprehensive Planning – A Road Less Traveled…

Jun 8, 2016 1 Comment ›› mbarranda

Last night the Council considered Bill No. G-16-05-27 which is an ordinance which created a Motor Vehicle Excise Surtax and Wheel Tax. The bill passed through committee with a 5-4 recommendation in favor. The proposal was advanced by some members of the Mayor’s Fiscal Policy Group which had apparently identified a shortage of road funding ...

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A Vote in Favor of Civil Discourse – by Michael Barranda

May 11, 2016 9 Comments ›› mbarranda

Last night I voted against continuing the ongoing toxic dialogue regarding the City Administration's North IV Annexation proposal. In response the Mayor has issued a statement that the 7 members of City Council that voted against the proposal showed a lack of leadership. I disagree. It took leadership to turn down the promise of a ...

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Discussion, Details are Essential on Annexation

May 11, 2016 No Comments ›› mbarranda

The following op-ed appeared in the Journal Gazette on May 6th. Last month I wrote an op-ed in which I expressed my inclination to abstain from the annexation vote. At the time I felt that abstaining was the right move because of, primarily, my family connection to Northwest Allen County Schools – an entity at risk ...

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Checks and Balances for City Government

Mar 3, 2016 No Comments ›› mbarranda

Emphasizing the importance of checks and balances, Michael wrote an Op-Ed to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Among other things, Michael would like to see the Mayor form the Fiscal Policy Group so that council can better plan for budgeting matters as well as update the Comprehensive Plans for the City, which have not been ...

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Strong Emphasis on Public Safety

Oct 19, 2015 No Comments ›› mbarranda

  Public safety has been a strong emphasis in Michael's campaign for City Counsel. Showing that it's not all lip service, Michael took the time to participate in FireOps 101 with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Check out the coverage by 21Alive here.

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Greater Fort Wayne Business PAC Supports Michael Barranda

Oct 19, 2015 No Comments ›› mbarranda

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com Published 10/19 2015 04:13PM The Greater Fort wayne Business Political Action Committee or commonly known has BizPAC has announced the candidates they will be endorsing this election. BizPAC focuses purely on a candidate's economic philosophy.  They begin by giving a candidate a questionnaire, and the committee then reviews the questionnaire.  If the candidate ...

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Michael Receives Endorsement from Journal Gazette

Oct 19, 2015 No Comments ›› mbarranda

October 18, 2015 1:02 AM City Council recommendations If Fort Wayne’s city election seems quiet this year, it’s not for a lack of qualified candidates. City Council contests, in particular, offer voters strong choices for advancing the city in the four years ahead, and they deserve the attention of city voters interested in seeing Fort Wayne prosper. Read ...

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At-Large Races Grabbing Attention

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments ›› mbarranda

By Jeff Neumeyer September 22, 2015 Updated Sep 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM EDT FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) --- When Fort Wayne city voters go to the polls in six weeks, one of the top races they'll see on the ballot is the city council at-large contest. Check out the 21Alive story here.

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Missing the Mark on Economic Development

Sep 16, 2015 No Comments ›› mbarranda

Michael wrote the following op-ed to the News Sentinel. In his recent op-ed Michael Hicks, took issue with our local economic development officials (“LEDOs”), arguing that they are not “measured on how well the economy performs but rather on how many deals they close.” He further admonished LEDOs for treating people like commodities. Surprisingly, the Ball ...

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