Fishers gets ready to choose first-ever mayor


Fishers is known for several things. It is a booming community known for congested traffic from 116th Street economic development. It is also experiencing its very first mayoral campaign.

"Oh yeah, the signs are everywhere. We have definitely noticed," Kelly Kirkhoff shared as she held her daughter in her arms and pushed her son on the park swing.

As a young mother, she has also noticed something else about Fishers which will probably weigh in any decision she makes in the primary. She likes Fishers the way it is.

"They do a great job of keeping everything family-friendly. We love living in Fishers," Kirkhoff added.

Joe Held had time to contemplate the race for mayor in Fishers during his morning walk.

"I see growth and development as good for the town of Fishers that will soon be a city, but I really don't like to see all the big commercial developments going up. I think still with the small hometown charm is what Fishers likes," Held observed.

"This is the first mayoral race in Fishers history. And it will probably be the first election I have ever voted in. I am bad, I know," Jamie Callahan admitted. She moved to Fishers with her family from California two years ago.

"I need to research a little more but I do that at night when the kids are asleep," she added. First she has to tire them out. 

As seniors, the Whites are hoping the first mayoral election will bring welcome change.

"I think the biggest thing is the change as well as communication. We don't feel the current situation that we have had with a town council that there has been good communication with the people of the town and what we are looking for is good feedback and listening to them which is what we have not had before so change is the biggest thing," Ed White stated.

One thing is for sure. Change is coming to Fishers. The election may very well dictate which kind of change is coming. The May primary will be held next Tuesday.

We will have more on the race for mayor in Fishers and other political developments this weekend on Indiana Insiders. Join Robin Winston, Peter Rusthoven and Kevin for a live edition of Insiders this Sunday morning in the 9:30 half hour.

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