Justin Burkhardt is running for Common Council At-Large in Richmond, Indiana as a Republican candidate in the 2023 general election.
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Reasons: I decided to run because I want to be a part of the solution to issues that we face as a city. I’m running for Richmond’s future. I also believe in service to others. I am inspired daily by acts of service, and if elected, I want to be able to improve outcomes for others in our city.
Priorities: I want to prioritize the safety and security of our city. Our first responders sacrifice in the line of duty so it’s imperative that city leadership provides them with necessary tools to carry out the job. It’s also vital that our citizens feel safe at home and at work.
Our businesses, current and future, large and small, need to feel supported by our city through policy and leadership.
Lastly, strategic planning and fiduciary responsibility of our constituent’s tax dollars. Our citizens need to know that their monies are being spent responsibly on our future growth.
Skills: I would bring Accountability with Integrity, and Transparency. Our constituents deserve these things. I would help to connect our city with outside resources. This would eliminate duplication of resources and allow other entities to contribute. I would also provide transparency of the city’s vison and provide updates on the progress that we are making.
Working well: I would like to join the finance committee. Being able to be a part of budget discussions and provide a different perspective will be key to forging a path to a better tomorrow. We need more strategic financial planning.
Needs changing: Code enforcement. We need to uphold the codes that are in place.
Accepting results: Absolutely.
Involving residents: Our city needs transparency. We need leadership that can explain the path to better outcomes, and what it will take to get there.
$5 million: First, not all money is free and does come with stipulations. It’s important to note that being awarded grant monies doesn’t mean that it is right for our city. You must consider how it will affect our constituents and future expenses. If it had no strings attached, I would look to bolster our rainy-day fund. I would look to plug in to the priority areas that I outlined above.
Other: I was born in Richmond and raised here. It would be an honor to serve the community that helped to raise me. I have a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master’s degree from Indiana University East with a focus in business and management. Our city has some difficult decisions ahead and we need accountability and leadership to help navigate these waters.
A version of this article appeared in the October 11 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.