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Voters talk future of city

CHECK-IN: Tim Ivy checks-in at the Huntington County Courthouse about an hour before polls closed on Primary Election Day. This was his 18-year-old daughter’s first time voting.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

There will be a new mayor of Huntington starting next year, after incumbent Brooks Fetters was defeated in the Republican Primary on Tuesday.

As voters were leaving the polls, they shared their thoughts on what they hope all municipal candidates keep in mind ahead of General Election Day in November. A majority of the voters leaving the polls shared a similar vision. 

Pamela Quillen has been living in Huntington for more than 20 years, and she said she just wants the city to focus on one thing: the youth. 

She said that she wants city council and the next mayor to focus on providing children, teens and young adults with spaces and programs to keep them out of trouble, since she feels like lack of programing can be attributed to the drug issues she sees around the city. 

“I think that this town would be better if we focus on these issues,” she said. 

Adrian Delagrange shared similar thoughts.

Delegrange was a club member at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, and he now works there as a staff member. He said the organization has helped him through his life, and he wants other kids to have that opportunity. 

“I want candidates to support places like the Boys & Girls Club and the local organizations that are working hard day in and day out to make sure that our youth is safe,” Delagrange said. “That is very important to me.”

He wants the children of Huntington to get more educational opportunities and summer programs. 

Delagrange likes the path Huntington is on, but he said its important that the community continues to grow. 

“The county as a whole has so many issues as a whole right now,” he said. “But we’ve got to focus on local as well and make sure that we are keeping our town safe. Keep our youth in mind ... They’re going to be the future.”

Tim Ivy also said he likes the way Huntington is headed currently, except for on the south end of the city. 

“I think that on the south side of town we are losing a lot of businesses that a lot of people on our side of town, who can’t drive, rely on,” Ivy said. 

He said the lack of a grocery store is the biggest pain.

“I had to get up at 5:30 this morning to run and get a gallon of milk clear up town,” he said. “That is my biggest concern right now.”

No matter who gets elected in November, Ivy said he wants the next mayor to focus on quality of life improvements and attracting new small businesses, especially those geared toward families.