An open letter from mayoral hopeful Mary Cripe to the Goshen community.

An open letter from mayoral hopeful Mary Cripe to the Goshen community.

A recent news source endorsed my opponent while inaccurately reporting I lacked a lot of things needed in order to be a good mayor. Their 4-member editorial board, who spent one hour getting to know me, is certainly entitled to their opinion.

However, media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse. It is essential that news media are challenged to be fair and accurate - thus this letter to you to clear up some inaccuracies.

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[News Release] Mary's plans for regional economic development

[News Release] Mary's plans for regional economic development

With the fastest growing sector of the economy being service, and the manufacturing segment dropping precipitately, it’s clear to me that Goshen needs to focus on talent attraction - something that has been part of my campaign’s platform from day one.

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[News Release] Mary's plan to engage residents online while saving the city money

[News Release] Mary's plan to engage residents online while saving the city money

With more than 75 percent of Americans now online, and 82 percent of them interacting with government online, local governments have the opportunity to engage residents on Facebook, Twitter and other digital tools. In fact, The National League of Cities Institute reports that local governments that do not participate in digital engagement risk remaining unaware of online mobilization, until it manifests at public meetings and other face-to-face events.

Republican mayoral hopeful, Mary Cripe, intends to change that in Goshen. 

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[News Release] Mary's plan to reduce blight and make Goshen developer-friendly

[News Release] Mary's plan to reduce blight and make Goshen developer-friendly

There is no denying housing in Goshen is a top priority for the next mayor. However, the two mayoral candidates differ on how to approach the issue.

Republican candidate, Mary Cripe, believes if Goshen sets a high-quality example, on projects over which it has direct influence, this will in turn attract high-quality private investment. She believes reducing blight must start with doing a better job at enforcing the city’s existing neighborhood preservation ordinances, while attracting new development begins with making the city developer-friendly.

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[News Release] Mary's plan to foster positive relations with the Latino community

[News Release] Mary's plan to foster positive relations with the Latino community

With a growing Latino community, many in Goshen want to know what the next mayor will do to improve racial and cultural relations.

“I believe the Latino community has added a great depth to our culture in Goshen. I have served the Latino community - and everyone in our city - for the past 14 years,” Republican mayoral hopeful, Mary Cripe said. “I have plans to reduce the language and cultural barriers that exist in Goshen by ensuring all our forms are bilingual, by having a translator on staff and by ensuring our existing CRC is making in-roads to the various Latino groups in Goshen.”

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