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Monday, May 07, 2018 1:00 am


Recommended people, positions

Recapping choices in Tuesday's primary

Voters in the Northwest Allen County Schools district face an important referendum question Tuesday, while Republican and Democratic voters countywide have the opportunity to help set the stage for a general election focused on substantive issues. Here are the editorial board's recommendations, along with excerpts from our endorsement editorials. Full editorials are available online at

NACS referendum

“Shall Northwest Allen County Schools issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the 2018 Construction, Renovation, Efficiency and Security Project, which includes the purchase of real estate, construction of a new elementary school, and the renovation of and improvements to existing school facilities including technology and site improvements, which is estimated to cost not more than $33,980,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by a maximum of $0.1275 per $100 of assessed valuation?”

– Construction referendum question for voters in the Northwest Allen County Schools district

Yes *


Borrowing for a new elementary school is structured so that as debt for the Maple Creek Middle School project is retired, “property-taxpayers probably won't see an increase in the debt-service portion of their tax bill. In fact, the growing tax base in the district means the rate likely will decrease from the current 70 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.”

“Northwest Allen property owners should have no hesitation supporting the proposal. The district's growing enrollment is a direct result of its success – homeowners want to be in the school district. Property owners who don't have children in school benefit from the demand for homes in the district, with a positive impact on property values.”

U.S. Senate

Republican ballot

Mike Braun *

Luke Messer

Todd Rokita

“We endorse Braun, who may be able to leaven his hard-right views with some real-world common sense in the fall campaign.”

3rd District Congress

Democratic ballot

John F. Roberson

Tommy A. Schrader

Courtney Tritch *

“Tritch, who ... has well-thought-out positions on such issues as immigration, public education and clean energy, could offer a clear, sensible alternative for those disillusioned with the Trump Revolution.”

Indiana House District 80

Democratic ballot

Linda Brooks

Phil GiaQuinta *

“(GiaQuinta) has the experience and demeanor to best serve the heavily Democratic Fort Wayne district.”

Allen County Commissioner

Republican ballot

District 3

Richard (Rich) Beck *

Chris A. Spurr

“We endorse Richard Beck, a candidate who is exceptionally well prepared for the office he is seeking.”

Allen County Council

Republican ballot

District 2

Thomas A. (Tom) Harris *

Brian Motley

District 3


Dave Augenstein

Joel M. Benz *

Frank J. Talarico III

“Harris and Benz have played key roles on an effective County Council. We endorse both incumbents.”