(Michigan City, IN) - About 100 people turned out for a campaign fund raiser last night for former Michigan City mayor Ron Meer.
Meer told his supporters at Shoreline Brewery he can accomplish at least as much as he did previously as mayor if elected again to the city’s top post. He pointed to noticeable progress in economic development and other things like historically low crime during his eight-years in office.
“We delivered. We delivered. I can’t stand here and tell you tonight I can get elected on what I did in the past in that delivery, but I can deliver again and we can deliver even more than we did before,” Meer told the crowd, which erupted in applause.
Meer said things under the current administration have been stagnant but progress is still being made mostly because of the work of his and prior administrations.
During a close to five minute speech, his promises included resuming the fight against blight by doing things like tearing down dilapidated structures.
“We’re going to start demolishing buildings again in the city. There hasn’t been a demolition in three and a half years. That’s disgraceful,” he said.
He also vowed to restore enthusiasm and dedication to the position.
“You got to get out in the streets. You got to get out in the neighborhoods. You got know what needs to be done and ambitiously, ambitiously see it through,” Meer said.
Meer also told supporters he’s not looking past the May primary to a rematch with current mayor Duane Parry in November.
There are four other candidates seeking the Democrat Party nomination for mayor. They are city councilpersons Angie Nelson Deuitch and Michael Mack, La Porte County Councilman Mark Yagelski and former city councilman Johnny Stimley.
Parry is running unopposed for the Republican Party nomination.
“There’s a primary race and we want to win that race. I'm thinking I'm back,” he said.