Nov. 29—Seven Republicans announced their intentions to run in the 2023 Logansport municipal elections.
Mayor Chris Martin leads the pack, seeking a second term. Martin, who spent much of his first term dealing with issues presented by the COVID pandemic, cited new additions to Logansport such as Culver's, Harbor Freight and a new police station as accomplishments.
"Serving as your mayor has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope each and every one of you can see the passion I bring to this job and our city," he said. "We've launched large scale infrastructure investments using creative and responsible funding sources. And of course, we have supported our city employees, including historic support for our public safety officials."
Other Republican candidates include:
Tyler Pearson, Clerk-Treasurer. Pearson is a 2009 Logansport High School graduate and has had an active interest in local government for several years. He works in the shipping and logistics department at Tyson Foods and additionally serves as an agent at Primerica. Pearson lives in Logansport with his three boys, which help serve as his motivation to better our city.
Jonathan Nelms, incumbent City Council At-Large. Elected as the youngest City Councilor in Logansport history in 2019, Nelms is a member of the Indiana National Guard, where he continues his mission of public service. Despite his age, Nelms has been a leader on the Logansport City Council, helping to secure funding for large-scale sidewalk improvements with a federal 80/20 matching grant program. Additionally, Nelms worked closely with the Logansport Police Department to assist in the development of plans for Logansport's new police station.
Benjamin Grant, City Council At-Large. Grant is a local pastor and is also the Lead Install Plumber at Summers Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling. A native to Alabama, Grant has lived in Logansport for nearly five years with his wife of 11 years, three children and one foreign exchange daughter.
Cameron Austin, City Council Ward 1. A 2010 graduate from Logansport High School, Austin went on to receive his Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology and now serves as a Marketing Associate at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance with an interest in Automotive Appraising. Austin has been married to his wife Siarra for three years and they are proud to call Logansport home.
Blain Perkins, City Council Ward 2. Perkins has made a career of working with at-risk youth as an employee of the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility and Four County. A Logansport resident for nearly his entire life, Perkins knows the challenges faced by those in our community and has a heart to give back. He's been married to his wife Katelin for two years and has a baby girl named Madeline.
Ken Totten, City Council Ward 5. Totten is a lifelong Indiana resident, born in Tipton and a graduate of Taylor High School in Howard County. His wife Marie brought him to Logansport in 1999 and he's called it home ever since. He spent over 18 years working in Juvenile Corrections in Logansport, the last 10 as a Sergeant before recently retiring. Totten and his wife have six children, 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Logansport's general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.