David Carpenter is running for Mayor of Richmond, Indiana as an independent candidate in the 2023 general election.
2023 Election Guide
Reasons: I chose to run for Mayor because Richmond is falling apart. I want to restore this city to how it was years ago. The second reason is just like the saying, if you want something done right, you must do it yourself.
Priorities: My top 3 priorities are to focus on crime, schools, and add revenue to the city budget.
Skills: My communication skills and my willingness to work with everyone to accomplish to needs of the community. For example when there was snow on the Richmond Avenue Bridge a foot high, it was causing pedestrians to walk in the road. I got my snow shovel and went to the bridge and shoveled 2000 feet of sidewalk to make it safer for our citizens.
Working well: Helping small businesses grow and develop. They are a vital part of our community, along with bringing new jobs to Richmond.
Needs changing: I want to bring complete transparency and accountability to our community for any circumstances that may arise. The Mayor has to be a public servant who is willing to admit any wrongdoing they are responsible for and to always keep their promises to the citizens who voted for them. I will tell the truth at all times and hold myself accountable for my actions.
Accepting results: If I don’t win the election, I will congratulate the winner. I will respect the decision make by the voter of who they choose to be the next Mayor of Richmond Indiana.
Involving residents: As of now, the city council voted on an issue, then the Mayor can reject it. Then the city council can revote and override the Mayor’s decision. I think if the Mayor voted no on an issue, the citizens should have the final vote. Because after all the choices made will effect the lives of the community.
$5 million: I would reach out to the citizens to determine the best way to use the 5 million dollars. I want to make decisions with the community, not for them. By the people, for the people.
Other: I’m most know for being the batman of Richmond. In 2020, I gave away 100s of dollars worth of toilet paper for free to help those who could not find it in stores. When it was 40 degrees below zero, me and another volunteer saved 8 people from the cold weather. I have walked around picking up trash to make our city look better. I’m a compassionate person with a good heart. I’m willing to go above and beyond the expectations of Richmond Indiana. I want to help make Richmond a better place to live. If you are willing to give me the opportunity, I will do everything I can to improve our city. The children are of future and I want to create places for them that will have a positive impact on their lives.
A version of this article appeared in the October 4 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.