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Moving Forward with RiverfrontToday the City of Fort Wayne will take an important step in the continued development of our rivers. Many people in the community are very excited about riverfront development – including myself. However, it’s that very excitement that can lead to making imprudent decisions based on miscommunication and failure to collaborate. I want to thank […]
Comprehensive Planning – A Road Less Traveled…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 […]
A Vote in Favor of Civil Discourse – by Michael BarrandaLast 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 […]
Discussion, Details are Essential on AnnexationThe 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 […]
Michael Shows Support for Fort Wayne Community SchoolsMichael took the time to be principal for a day at Shawnee Middle School. You can read about the day below. October 16, 2015 1:03 AM FWCS Principal for a Day Local professionals go back to school Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette It was the annual Principal for a Day event at Fort Wayne […]
Greater Fort Wayne Business PAC Supports Michael BarrandaBy 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.  […]
Michael Receives Endorsement from Journal GazetteOctober 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 […]
Website Changed to Increase Feedback.We have updated the website to provide more opportunities for you to provide feedback. Posts will now have opportunities for feedback, including discussion. We have also added a polling tool that will seek feedback from constituents on important community issues. These polls will be updated periodically, and will continue after Michael is elected to City […]
Michael To Run for City Council At-LargeFort Wayne, Ind. Before a group of supporters at GOP headquarters Michael Barranda announced the filing of his Declaration of Candidacy for City Council At-Large. Former Allen County Sheriff, Ken Fries, will serve as his Chairman. Nearly one year ago to the day Barranda announced his first bid for public office – Indiana State Representative. […]
We Raised the BarI hate to lose. A lot. It’s perhaps an unhealthy passion that drives me to push myself and those around me to strive for more than what most people believe is possible. However, in the wake of yesterday’s defeat, I can truly and honestly say that I am proud of the Friends of Barranda campaign. […]
A Message From Lisa Barranda    The Barranda family’s decision to run for political office did not come lightly. You can hear from Lisa Barranda in the campaign’s final radio ad. Listen here: Barranda 60 E
In support of HJR-3…The 2014 Indiana Legislative session was dominated by one issue: Gay Marriage. The battle took place between two vehemently opposed, but well-intentioned, factions struggling to reconcile two seemingly very different arguments. Perhaps three. At the core of the argument was a faction that fought, admirably, to protect the fundamental institution of marriage. A centuries old […]
Learning from a LegendAs I jump head first into the world of politics it has been incredibly difficult to separate myself from continuing to be involved with the activities that ultimately inspired me to run for office. In the Fall of 2012 I had the enormous pleasure of serving as the Chair of the first My City Summit. […]
40 Days until the PrimaryWith just 40 days until the Primary the Friends of Barranda Campaign Committee gathered together at Main Street Bistro to celebrate. The event was hosted by Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLP along with Bob Taylor, Todd Smith, Pat Pasterick, Peter Alexander, Craig Vanderwall, Jr. and Cast Cellars. Bob Taylor, President and CEO of […]
Friendship formed on Campaign TrailOne cold November day I was doing door to door in North Pointe Woods. Although I had been walking for a few weeks already, I probably didn’t have as much confidence as I have now after knocking on approximately 4,000 doors. As I walked up the driveway I observed what appeared to be a Notre […]
No Soliciting…No good deed goes unpunished. I recently received a telephone call from a voter who was troubled that someone from my campaign had violated his neighborhood association’s rules prohibiting solicitation by leaving a campaign flier at his door. His concern that criminals could “case the neighborhood” under the guise of a salesman or volunteer is […]
Mark Hagar Supports Michael’s Bid for State RepresentativeAs you may have been aware local businessman, Mark Hagar, had previously announced his formation of a committee to also explore a run for Indiana State Representative in the 84th District. The story of the impending battle of the 84th District had first been reported here and here. However, in a statement to his supporters, […]
DIGGING DEEPER – Michael Announces his Campaign CommitteeBefore a group of supporters, Michael announced the official formation of his Campaign Committee as he seeks to become State Representative for Indiana’s 84th District in whatwill be the first challenged GOP primary in the district since 2006. His message: the constituents of the 84th deserve a legislator that will dig deeper into issues to […]
Honoring a True Public Servant in Senator Tom WyssOn December 18th Michael had the privilege of helping organize and host a Holiday Reception honoring Senator Tom Wyss as he prepares for his 30th and final year of service in the Indiana Statehouse. Senator Wyss has been a friend and inspiration to countless individuals like Michael over the years. A large crowd showed their […]
Michael’s Holiday UpdateAs many of you know I have been hitting the campaign trail pretty hard, going door-to-door to meet the voters of my district. It can be a grueling and sometimes lonely process, but the stories that I have collected throughout the journey make it worthwhile. The snow hit us pretty hard this week, which threw […]
Final Open House of 2013Through his volunteer service in the community Michael has had the opportunity to befriend many others with similar passions about helping the community. One such person is Jon Myers, who served with Michael on the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “Over the last couple of years, Michael has emerged as one of […]
October 29th Open HouseFriends packed the home of Kathy Callen and John Powell as Michael celebrated his campaign efforts with Friends that shared Michael’s passion for community service and philanthropy. Also hosted by Phil & Barbara Burt, Mac & Pat Parker, Amy & Justin Shurley and Cheryl Taylor, the Open House brought together supporters that Michael has served […]
October 8, 2013 – A big day for “Friends”October 8th proved to be a very big day for Friends of Barranda, and I’m more than happy to report that it really had nothing to do with my campaign for Indiana State Representative for the 84th District. Instead, it was a big day for Friends, Alan Tio, Karl Bandemer and Casey Cox. When I […]
A Champion for Jobs and Economic DevelopmentVoters have grown accustomed to candidates making empty promises when it comes to efforts to grow the economy.  Many elected officials are well-intentioned, but few have the breadth of education and experience that Michael has to make good on his promises with common sense ideas and a result-driven focus. Michael has a proven record of […]
Tools for Teachers!The importance of education has been a recurring theme along the campaign trail. More than ever, education has become a battleground for political debate in Indiana. Without question our teachers feel frustrated and placed on the defensive by that debate. As a father of two school-aged children and the husband of a teacher, Michael knows […]
Update from the campaign trail. – August 3, 2013As we enter the month of August, Michael continues to pound the pavement with his campaign to become Indiana State Representative of the 84th District. Fresh off of his first policy proposal announcement for Reno-Ready building developments, Michael went to work studying his next proposal aimed at increasing jobs through workforce investment initiatives. He began […]
A Revealing Contrast of CandidatesOn July 25th, one week after Michael’s announcement to run for office, incumbent Morris mailed the constituents of the 84th District a flyer that summarizes his highlights of bills that were passed during the 2013 legislative session. A close review of the flyer shows that the incumbent did not introduce the legislation; rather, it would […]
BUILDING Jobs in Indiana – A Policy ProposalIf the pending bankruptcy of Detroit should teach us anything, it is that old Rust Belt communities are susceptible to drastic decline if we do not focus on results-driven economic development efforts. In the months preceding his announcement to run for State Representative, Michael met with his team, various economic development professionals, designers and other […]
Do It.“Do it.” This was the message that 10 year veteran of the Indiana General Assembly, Randy Borror, gave to a room full of young professionals curious about running for office. Over the last several weeks I was fortunate to participate in the Candidate Boot Camp sponsored by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, UPSTAR and […]
Candidate BootcampOver the next several weeks I will be participating in the YLNI Candidate Bootcamp. The first session took place last week, and included speakers such as: Andy Downs, Liz Bushnell, Riley Johnson, Chris Cloud and Brent Wake. It was mostly introductory, but the focus was on helping the individual to find his or her passion […]
Michael Helps form St. Thomas More SocietyFORT WAYNE —Catholic leaders of northeast Indiana met on Wednesday to complete the formation of the St. Thomas More Society of Fort Wayne, a private association affiliated with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, serving under the oversight of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. After several months of planning, the society formally adopted its constitution and […]
Explore. Dream. Discover.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  -Mark Twain When I heard the call to run for office, I knew […]
Young leaders’ love of community strongIn 2011 the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana submitted a proposal to the Legacy Task Force for the creation of a fund with less than 1 percent of the Legacy Trust toward long-term vitality of the community by investing in initiatives of young adults trying to make a difference in the community they call home. […]
Friends of Barranda PatronsWhen I announced my decision to enter into the world of politics I promised to take the next two years to develop a strong platform. Any such platform can only be formed with the strongest foundation of support – a foundation of people that will hold me accountable to the very ideals upon which I […]
A Career DecisionIt has been nearly two months since I formed Friends of Barranda as a way for me to keep people apprised of my foray into the world of politics. Inspired by recent embarrassing events for the Fort Wayne community, I vowed to do my part to explore what I can do to help it. In […]
Updates from Friends of BarrandaCome here to find the most up to date info from Friends of Barranda, including committee updates and upcoming events.
A Call to Service – and ActionI never thought that I would run for office. With a burgeoning legal practice and growing young family, I was convinced that my time and talents were best utilized supporting the various organizations and boards on which I serve, while supporting those willing to hold public office. However, in February I heard the ‘call to […]