I would like to thank everyone who reached out to me following my most recent guest article.  The many calls, letters, emails, texts and visits were overwhelming.  I greatly appreciate your words of support and although I believe I was able to respond to each of you, I would like to say thank you once again. 

There were two very common themes to the messages I received.  First, there was a profound appreciation for the fact that I had taken a polite, yet firm, stand against the ongoing rhetoric. Second, a resounding approval for the efforts put forth by my administration and an appreciation for the direction the community is heading as a result.  In the words of many, “stay the course!”

Our community clearly wants results oriented leadership rather than polarizing bickering.  You have made it clear to me that you want leaders who can unify, not divide, and that you expect leaders to think independently to find workable solutions to the complex challenges that face our community. 

We are blessed to live in a country in which the voters, not the vocal, chose their leadership, and ultimately the direction a community takes.  On May 5th the voters of Crawfordsville, not party bosses or outsiders, will be given the opportunity to have their say.

I have assured everyone with whom I’ve spoken that I fully intend to stay the course and continue working hard on their behalf to take our great community and make it even better.  I fully stand behind each and every point I made and I would be more than happy to discuss them with any Crawfordsville resident or taxpayer.  Feel free to call my office for an appointment or attend my next community forum.  As I previously stated, I will not apologize for wanting the absolute best for Crawfordsville and I will not waiver in my passion or dedication to doing so. 


Todd Barton is the mayor of Crawfordsville. His column appears occasionally on Mondays in The Paper in our space reserved for public officials.