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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[How Mary Helped] Community Development

[How Mary Helped] Community Development

Restoring the powerhouse along the Millrace Canal and cleaning up the brownfield site has spurred exciting development along the Millrace Trail. The Hawks, Goshen Brewing Co., David Matthews Townhomes, Richard Miller's cohousing and Katharine Schrock's Holistic Health Care Center all contribute (or will contribute) to the improved quality of life in Goshen. This week's blog shares part of this story.

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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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[How Mary Helped] Clerk-treasurer

[How Mary Helped] Clerk-treasurer

Just last year, the State Auditor's Office spent two months going through every little detail for the Federally-funded Monroe Street Trail project. I was able to work with the representative from the State Auditor's Office and Clerk-Treasurer, Tina Bontrager, in order to address their questions and concerns. 

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[Around Town with Brett] Friday Night Lights

[Around Town with Brett] Friday Night Lights

While thunderstorms delayed or cancelled some games in Indiana last week, the weather couldn't keep all of the Friday Night Lights spirit down. Our boys travelled to rival Northwood and played through the rain to come back from a halftime deficit for a 20-14 victory. A 4-0 record is something to be proud of - but, let's hit the pause button...

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[How Mary Helped] Central Garage

[How Mary Helped] Central Garage

Did you know that the City owns a fleet of equipment valued at $11.2 million? The value of the equipment is the City's second largest investment, coming in right behind the City-owned land and buildings. 

In 2012, I worked with the Central Garage Manager, Carl Gaines, to prepare plans to relocate the Central Garage facility to Steury Avenue.

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[How Mary Helped] Trains around town

[How Mary Helped] Trains around town

If you live or work in Goshen you know how frustrating it can be waiting on trains. It’s not uncommon for a train to be blocking Madison Street for 10 minutes or more. Learn how the City of Goshen Engineering Department teamed up with local resident, Adam Scharf to make a positive change.

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[How Mary Helped] The Launch

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Hello, Goshen! Guess what? Tomorrow we are launching a weekly blog series titled, “How Mary Helped.”

Over the coming months, I don’t just want to give you a few tidbits of information about how I have helped Goshen over the past 13 years. I don’t just want to entertain you with stories from my life and work. I don’t just want to enlist your support.

All of those things are fine and dandy, but they’re not enough. My real goal is simple:

I want to give you a glimpse into my life and in turn get to know you as well.

I want to meet you exactly where you are, right now, and give you the exact information you need to make an educated vote on November 3. The only outcome I really and truly care about is our city’s success, because if I can help you, and we work together to grow Goshen, then I believe we will get to where we want to go.

So, tell me where you are.

Tell me where you feel Goshen is struggling.

Tell me how I can help.

And then strap yourself in.

Because you and me, my friend?

We’re going places. Fast.

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Mary Cripe

As the City of Goshen Civil Engineer, I am confronted on a daily basis to make decisions that move our city forward and provide for its hardworking citizens. I have gratefully accepted this responsibility to serve you for more than 13 years. I have firsthand knowledge of what it means to be mayor and the very difficult decisions that come along with this significant leadership role. I have a solid understanding of what is required for the efficient operations of our city. I ask for your vote on November 3rd - it would be an honor to serve you in this new capacity.