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Michael’s Statement in Opposition to North RiverPrior 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, […]
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 […]
Checks and Balances for City GovernmentEmphasizing 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 […]
Strong Emphasis on Public Safety  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.
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 […]
At-Large Races Grabbing AttentionBy 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.
Missing the Mark on Economic DevelopmentMichael 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 […]
Op-Ed regarding FWCS busing of students.Michael wrote the following op-ed to the Journal Gazette: Fort Wayne made national news again last week when The Economist published an article called “The Wheels on the Bus – An American Icon Runs into Political Trouble.” Unfortunately, it’s not the type of news that we want the rest of the world to hear about […]
Crawford, Barranda, Freistroffer to face Chambers, Anderson and AvilaAllen County Republican Chairman Steve Shine was so pleased with his party’s three nominees for at-large City Council seats that he told supporters Tuesday the GOP may even expand its six-member majority on the nine-seat body. If so, however, it will happen without the help of 1st District incumbent Tom Smith, who in the major […]
Commissioner Peters Supports MichaelBarranda is an extremely bright, articulate and considerate individual I have grown to know over the last several years as he has served the Allen County community. During this time I have had the privilege of watching him excel in areas of downtown, community and economic development. He is a quick study and good communicator […]
Letters to the EditorLetters of support are coming in to support Michael’s bid for City Council. Read from Sam Graves and Ken Fries here.
Newspapers Endorse MichaelThe News-Sentinel’s editorial board states that Michael has a viewpoint that City Council needs. You can read about all of their endorsements here. The Journal Gazette endorsed Michael based upon his impressive record of community service. Read about it here.
Michael Endorsed by Allen County Right to Life PACThe Allen County Right to Life Political Action Committee its endorsements for Fort Wayne offices in the May 5 municipal primary election. Michael received the endorsement. The PAC issued the following statement: “Allen County Right to Life PAC supports Michael Barranda for Fort Wayne City Council, at-large, because he is deeply committed to the pro-life […]
Fort Wayne City Council At-Large HopefulsFor Republican candidates for Fort Wayne City Council at large, tax abatements, riverfront development, brain drain and protecting the Legacy Fund are among their top concerns… Click here to view the entire story from the Journal Gazette. April 21, 2015 Dave Gong – The Journal Gazette
Attracting & Retaining Talent in Our Community  It’s hard to believe that the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) will turn 10 years old next May. It seems like yesterday that I had just returned from college yearning for a way to connect with peers when I saw the posters promoting the launch of this new organization with the funny name, […]
Local Newspapers Endorse MichaelView the Journal Gazette endorsement here. View the News Sentinel endorsement here. Published: April 23, 2014 3:00 a.m. Editorial Barranda for District 84 An incumbent’s Statehouse experience sets a high bar for any challenger. Michael Barranda easily surpasses the mark set for Indiana House District 84. The Fort Wayne attorney has the commitment, talent and […]
Incumbent Lawmaker Faces Primary Election Challenge May 6thBy Jeff Neumeyer April 22, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) — In the May 6th primary election, state lawmaker Bob Morris faces opposition from a Fort Wayne attorney who believes the incumbent is ripe for defeat. It’s one of the more high profile local races on Election Day. Check out the news coverage here.
Councilman Crawford: Barranda excellent choice for District 84The following letter appeared in the News Sentinel on April 21st. I recommend that voters cast their vote for Michael Barranda in the Republican primary for Indiana state representative, District 84. The incumbent Rep. Bob Morris has worked hard to do his best in this office. However, I have observed him to be impulsive in […]
Michael Receives Endorsement from Allen County Right to LifeThe Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported earlier this week that Michael received an endorsement from the Allen County Right to Life PAC (“ACRL-PAC”). As a challenger, it can be very difficult to receive endorsements because organizations often give them to the incumbents without affording the challenger with an opportunity to earn their support. Michael issued […]
Barranda Combating the Brain DrainThe following editorial appeared in the Journal Gazette. I understand that Rep. Bob Morris has a radio commercial touting his efforts to combat brain drain in our area. This is news to me. As a founding member and past president of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, the premier organization in the city working to build […]
Barranda shows care for veterans’ concernsI am an Army veteran of the Vietnam War who periodically meets with a group of veterans to discuss the trials and tribulations that face our military veterans in getting access to quality health care. I want to thank House District 84 candidate Michael Barranda (and his wife, Lisa) for taking time out of his […]
Michael Barranda Challenges Incumbent in House District 84Matt Brinkman February 17, 2014 Michael Barranda is an attorney with Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton, and Bloom. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He grew up in Kendallville and currently resides in Fort Wayne. He is married to his wife Lisa and they […]
Letter to the editor: Writer supports Barranda in 84thI read with great interest Kevin Leininger’s piece called “In the culture war, why is only one side considered ‘extreme’?” Indeed, I spent a large part of my personal and professional career taking a leadership role in fighting for conservative values in that very culture war. In response to Leininger’s question, I would submit that […]
Primarily a GOP Party  Primarily a GOP party Plenty of intrigue will precede May 6 vote Karen Francisco Before the Indiana Republican Party arrives for its state convention in June, northeast Indiana Republicans have a few issues to settle themselves – nominating candidates for everything from the Third District congressional seat to hotly contested township advisory board races. […]
4 State Lawmakers to face Primary Tests4 state lawmakers to face primary tests Senate District 15 race draws field of GOP power hitters Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette INDIANAPOLIS – Four sitting state lawmakers will have competition in the May primary, and 11 incumbents will go uncontested. The filing deadline for state legislative seats passed at noon Friday. All 100 […]
Barranda Declares Bid for Indiana 84th House SeatFORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne attorney Michael Barranda has officially declared he’s entering the race for Indiana’s 84th House seat. He labels himself, as a pro-life Catholic and a conservative alternative to incumbent Bob Morris. According to Barranda, it’s the first time there will be GOP challenge to the 84th seat in the primary […]
Editorial misrepresented GOP use of caucusesSeptember 9, 2013 Michael wrote a letter to the editor in the Journal Gazette in response to the journal’s editorial on September 5th. I take exception to a couple of points in the editorial, “Undemocratic GOP” (Sept. 5). The suggestion that the Allen County GOP is undemocratic in its use of the caucus is disingenuous. […]
House Seat 84 Getting AttentionAugust 18, 2013- Another local House seat getting attention is House District 84 currently held by GOP Rep. Bob Morris. Local businessman Mark Hagar, 47, has filed an exploratory committee for the seat and is meeting with people and fundraising for a likely bid. “State issues are the ones that interest me,” he said. “We […]
It’s Official: Morris to Get Primary ChallengeJuly 21, 2013 Attorney Michael Barranda will challenge state Rep. Bob Morris in next year’s Republican primary election. Barranda announced Thursday that he will seek the GOP nomination in the 84th District in northeast Fort Wayne. He has been signaling a campaign since the 2012 primary season, when he criticized Morris for a letter to […]
Barranda Announces CandidacyJuly 18, 2012 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)– Michael Barranda considered running against State House Representative Bob Morris last year, but he’s officially made his bid for his seat Thursday evening. “I think what constituents want is someone who’s active in the community and representing these type of interests, not just the basic conservative principles,” said […]
Michael Elected to Community Foundation Board of DirectorsFort Wayne, Indiana (June 24, 2013) – The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne elected the following officers on its board of directors for the 2013-2014 term: President Jane M. Gerardot, Attorney/Partner, Boeglin & Gerardot PC; Vice President Christine Rupp, CPA, Bair CPA Group; Secretary Thomas B. Trent, Attorney/Partner, Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP; and […]
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 […]
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. […]
Michael Helps Organize Summit to Lead Young AdultsThere’s a place at the boardroom table for the goateed kid with the tattoo – especially if he’s the next Mark Zuckerberg. But some up-and-comers here don’t feel that way. According to a Gallup poll of 1,200 adult respondents in metro Fort Wayne, northeast Indiana isn’t where young people should begin a career. And census […]
Challenge in 2014 for MorrisOne might describe it as a non-announcement announcement. But the news release local lawyer Michael Barranda issued Sunday makes him one of the first candidates to announce his intentions for the state legislative election – in 2014. The origin of Barranda’s announcement goes back to February, when Republican state Rep. Bob Morris launched his infamous […]
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 […]
Morris might meet a Republican after allBy Nikki Kelly and Benjamin Lanka, Journal Gazette Republican Fort Wayne attorney Michael Barranda is exploring a possible independent run for House District 84. The move comes after current Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, criticized the Girl Scouts this year, causing national ridicule and scorn. Morris’ comments occurred after the deadline to file for the […]
Republican considers challenging Bob Morris as independentFort Wayne, Ind. – Heeding calls for a “strong conservative” to challenge Rep. Bob Morris in the general election, Fort Wayne attorney Michael Barranda on Tuesday May 1 announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider an Independent run at the 84th House District seat. Barranda, a registered Republican and elected Republican precinct official, announced […]
Girl Scout Controversy Inspires Potential Morris Challenger (video)Girl Scout Controversy Inspires Potential Morris Challenger By: Robert Bumsted (view full article and video) Updated: April 20, 2012 Fort Wayne Rep. Bob Morris’ criticism of the Girl Scouts earlier this year has prompted a fellow republican to consider challenging Morris in the General Election. Michael Barranda says he will soon be launching an exploratory […]
Morris Gets Lone DonationMorris Gets Lone Donation by Niki Kelly Morris Fort Wayne GOP Rep. Bob Morris received just one contribution following his outburst against the Girl Scouts earlier this year. See full Journal Gazette article here.
Lawmaker Takes on the Girl Scouts AgainLawmaker Takes on the Girl Scouts Again By Jim Shella March 23rd, 2012 at 2:48 pm The Indiana state lawmaker who sparked national headlines by bashing the Girl Scouts is at it again.  Representative Bob Morris found a national platform for his views in the Washington Times newspaper. Morris tried to get away from reporters […]
MORRIS: Shut Up and SignMORRIS: Shut Up and Sign By Rep. Bob Morris – March 22, 2012 The Washington Times “What’s next Morris, are you going to go after Adopt-A-Puppy or Save The Baby Seals?” This was a question put to me by a constituent recently when my refusal to sign a resolution by the Indiana House of Representatives […]
Rep. Bob Morris Issues Apology for Girl Scouts CommentsRep. Bob Morris Issues Apology for Girl Scouts Comments February 23, 2012 NewsChannel 15 has obtained a written statement from Representative Bob Morris that says he apologizes for the written remarks he made about the Girls Scouts earlier this week. In it, Representative Bob Morris apologizes to the Girl Scouts of Indiana but said he […]
Ind. Lawmaker Digs In On Girl Scouts Claims (Video)Ind. Lawmaker Digs In On Girl Scouts Claims February 21, 2012 – RTV6 INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, is digging in his heels on claims that the Girl Scouts of America are a “radicalized organization.” In an interview Tuesday with RTV6’s Chris Proffitt, Morris said his decision to lobby other lawmakers […]
Rep. Bob Morris: Girl Scouts Have ‘Radical Policies’Rep. Bob Morris: Girl Scouts Have ‘Radical Policies’ February 18, 2012 Members of the Republic Caucus Dear Fellow Representatives: This past week I was asked to sign a House Resolution recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of America. After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research, and what […]
Fort Wayne Attorney May Run Against State Rep. as IndependentFort Wayne Attorney May Run Against State Rep. as Independent By Christian Sheckler of The News-Sentinel Friday, April 20, 2012 – 7:35 am Ridiculed State Rep. Bob Morris doesn’t have an opponent in the May 8 Republican primary, but the Fort Wayne lawmaker could yet face a challenge from within his own party.Fort Wayne attorney […]