(Michigan City, IN) - Former Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer is running for his old seat.
Meer announced Monday he’s running as a Democrat for the party’s nomination in the May primary.
The lifelong Michigan City resident said he’s concerned about the “dangerous direction” in which the city is trending in areas like crime and economic development.
Meer said crime went down every year in his second and final term. He also cited over $1 billion in public and private investment in the city while he was in office.
“It’s time for improvement and get back to the progress we had,” he said.
Meer described the state of the city under the current administration as “pretty stagnant.” He also said high rise hotel rooms and apartments expected to start going up soon on the north end actually sprung from the work of his administration.
“I have a legacy of getting things accomplished when no one else could because I believe in collaborating with others to get the job done. If the residents want someone who is on their side then I am that person,” he said.
Meer also said a lot of dilapidated sites were demolished when he was Mayor.
"There's not been any demolition in Michigan City for the last three years," he said.
Meer was Mayor from 2012 through 2019 and lost to current Mayor Duane Parry in the November general election by less than 100 votes. Parry, the city’s first Republican Mayor in roughly half a century, recently announced his bid for a second term.