[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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[How Mary Helped] Bring diverse groups of people together

[How Mary Helped] Bring diverse groups of people together

Have your ever gotten caught in traffic during rush hour on the south side of Goshen? If so, you know how FRUSTRATING it can be! 

Within the last couple of years, I have been able to work with county leaders, local businesses, state organizations and residents to rally TOGETHER to work towards a solution. 

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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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[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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[Get to know Mary] The one about Mother's Day

This week's blog is not about how I have helped...it's about how my mother has helped me.

She has poured into me hours and hours of love, attention and dedication.

And, just as many of you may say...I believe I have the best mom ever!!

My four favorite ladies! My mom surrounded by her granddaughters, Olivia, Braxton and Reese.

My four favorite ladies! My mom surrounded by her granddaughters, Olivia, Braxton and Reese.

My mom has molded and shaped me into the person I am today with her kind, loving and kindred spirit. She is always putting others before herself, and never wants any type of recognition for her work. I admire this about my mother and try my best to follow in her footsteps. 

My mom is happiest when she is busy working on a quilt. It amazes me to see all the scrap pieces of material turning into such a beautiful quilt. All those extra pieces that many people would throw away, were saved and assembled together.

Sometimes, I wonder if she used the patchwork quilt idea to make me who I am today. A life lesson here and another lesson there. As a matter of fact, she is still piecing me together. 

When discussing the possibility of me running for mayor, her only piece of advice was, "Mary, campaign fair and be kind." Yes, mom, I will do just that.

Gracias Mamá, I love you to the moon and back!!

My mom, marlene schaeffer, with her tea cup quilt.

My mom, marlene schaeffer, with her tea cup quilt.


Treat Yo Mom (Or Yourself) with #ubermoms.

Find a fun, nontraditional Mother’s Day card HERE.

“I regret not having spent more time with my mother,” President Obama said. His mother, Ann Dunham, died at age 52 when Barack Obama was 34. Read more HERE.

[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.