Former councilwoman challenges Elkhart'sDistrict 6 incumbent

Democrat and former Elkhart city councilwoman Tonda Hines, left, is challenging Republican incumbent Pam Kurpgeweit for the District 6 seat on the Elkhart City Council.

ELKHART — Both candidates for the District 6 seat on the Elkhart City Council know what it’s like to represent the residents on the southwest side of town.

Incumbent Pam Kurpgeweit, a Republican, beat Democrat Tonda Hines by six votes out of 608 in 2015, unseating the two-term councilwoman.

(7) comments

DHenke

crossi at 14 corners of the city's 430 corners, none on cassopolis where people are hit yet 3 on jeanwood. No history of benefit over signal device but continue to throw good money over bad. This is a school budget issue not a city budget issue. The answer is not more tax cost without a benefit to the taxpayer. Using this example demonstrates the conflict of interest to any of the candidates working for the school but wanting city budget money..

fire111

DHenke, you can argue crossing guards are a school problem and I agree. What you can't argue is that the guards are paid through the Elkhart City Police Dept budget! gateway.ifionline.org lists the guards as paid from EPD budget. (employee compensation report)

correction

Wasn’t she involved with the incompetent management of Tolson and resigned when it became apparent funds were “ mismanaged” Lol! What a joke Elkhart let her on the ballots.

DHenke

Tonda was about spending the money for social woes when the City budget is specifically for clean water, sewer, streets, emergency services and parks as a quality of life. Tipping her hat with more crossing guards is the perfect indication of using ity budget for school purposes where she works. Two different systems, two different taxes. Can't serve both masters. The Tolson had financial mismanagement and some would have turned their eyes away. This councl with Pam stood up and said it could and should be better. It is now on the better path.

Joe King

More crossing guards for children to cross busy roads is about public safety.... or don’t you and Pam care about kids making it to school safe and back home? Which council member oversaw the Tolson Center? Is this the same one being run by someone under investigation currently from previous employment? Tell me Henke, when you voted down rental registration to help renters and keep landlords on file and in check....how many rentals did you own? Why didn’t you resign when you were pulled over for dui or owi...whichever? Bad example you are setting .

sidearm

Joe, the crossing guards are a school budget issue. You trying to demonize Mr Henke and Pam by saying they don’t want crossing guards is a old liberal trick. Since you want to attack Mr Henke’s past do you care to comment on Avis Dawsons or even Ms Hines discressions? You are such a dependable party hack.

fire111

I think many years ago Ms Hines causes were tagged "good and plenty"

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