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JEFF's TAKE: The Voters Speak

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Posted by: Jeff Rea, President and CEO,
South Bend Regional Chamber on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10:00:00 am

Local voters made some important decisions this week in municipal elections in South Bend and Mishawaka. South Bend is ready to welcome a new mayor and both cities will welcome some new council members. And, several dedicated public servants won re-election. Both cities will have a little bit of a different look come January 1, 2020.

On behalf of the Chamber and the 1,000 member businesses we serve, we want to congratulate South Bend Mayor-Elect James Mueller and Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, and applaud both for their visions of improving our communities, driving economic growth, improving our infrastructure and neighborhoods, and enhancing public safety. We look forward to continuing to work closely with both mayors.

We also want to congratulate Mishawaka councilpersons Emmons, Bellovich, Voelker, Compton, Banicki, Mammolenti, and Hixenbaugh on their re-elections, as well as Maggie DeMaegd and Tony Hazen on their elections. In South Bend, congratulations to councilpersons Scott, McBride, Teshka and White on their re-elections, and Henry Davis Jr., Troy Warner, Sheila Niezgodski, Rachel Tomas Morgan and Lori Hamann on their elections.

Each of these positions has a chance to influence the business climate and either help catalyze growth or potentially stifle it. We plan to keep a close eye on what’s happening for the benefit of our member businesses, and we’ll be vocal champions or critics on the issues we believe enhance or hinder community growth plans. We’ll agree with all of these candidates at sometimes, disagree at others. But whether we agree or disagree, we’re committed to ensuring the voice of the business community and the needs of our businesses are understood by our elected officials.

The commitment to run for office is no small endeavor; we are grateful for this year’s candidates for making this important sacrifice. Campaigns are an important time to share vision and bounce new ideas around; we appreciate all the candidates bringing forward ideas on how to build upon past successes and improve our communities and region. Now it’s time to get to work! We look forward to working with each of this week’s winners across the two communities to connect, convene and take action to move our region forward.

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