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Reposted NWI Times, Oct 15, 2015

VALPARAISO | Two candidates are vying for the city’s 1st District council seat, Republican Robert Ordway and Democrat Diana Reed.

Ordway said he is running for a council seat because he believes in the power of positive ideas and good government.

Ordway said policies created by the current administration have inspired and empowered many to become entrepreneurs. Ordway is opening a men’s clothing store on the downtown square in November.

“A fortified small business community is vital to strengthening both our nonprofit and education sectors,” he said. “My vision is that we continue to be a family friendly community that seeks to retain retirees while attracting young professionals through job creation. Practicing diversity and inclusion are paramount to building the relationships needed to keep the city moving forward.”

Reed said during her 30 years working, living and raising a family in the city she has observed a vast number of changes in the growing community. She is seeking a council seat because while there have been improvements, Reed said she is concerned how resources are utilized throughout the city and specifically her “very diverse” district.

“I am hoping to bring political balance in the representation of community members and to ensure that financial resources are carefully monitored and designated to our needs, with a focus of equality in that distribution,” she said. “As a child who grew up in a low-income household and as an adult who has worked hard to live modestly, I know the importance of fiscal responsibility.”

Reed said while there are many issues the community faces, among those she plans to address is safe and affordable housing and developing and enforcing expectations regarding resident and landlord accountability and responsibilities.

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