The Democrat Party
has slated a single contested race in the Chesterton municipal primary
election on Tuesday, May 5: that between Dane Lafata and Rory McMahan for
nomination to the open 3rd District seat on the Town Council.
Lafata, 35, and
McMahan, 34, are well paired as candidates.
They’ve both lived
in Duneland most of their lives, McMahan in Porter until recently.
They’re both young.
Lafata is married and has two daughters; McMahan has a girlfriend.
evinced a prior interest in municipal service. Lafata has been twice
appointed to the Chesterton Tax Abatement Advisory Committee; McMahan ran
for a seat on the Porter Town Council in 2007, losing in the primary.
And both have
chosen the adequacy of municipal services as their campaign issue.
expresses concern about Chesterton’s parks, points to the old equipment at
Dogwood and the dismantling of Dunes Friendship Land, and suggests that the
town’s traditional kid-friendliness has been allowed to go by the board.
McMahan, for his
part, calls the Street Department “a pillar of my candidacy,” repeats a
criticism which he’s heard--that the snow plows aren’t clearing the roads
fast enough in the winter--and promises to give infrastructure “proper
attention and funding.”
Lafata’s a small
businessman--he’s part owner of Lafata Tax Service and owner of Little Giant
Consulting--and he says that the small-business ethos is vitally important
to him. It’s the little local guy who takes a chance--not the “giant
corporations and big box retailers”--whom Lafata wants to encourage and he
wonders whether the town is doing its best to promote the home-grown
science and health teacher at a residential treatment center for teens in
Wheatfield--puts his youth at the center of his candidacy. “I think it’s
time for people of my generation to step up,” he says. “For so long I’ve
heard from the same people. And I appreciate their contributions. But I feel
the burden shouldn’t fall on the same people always.”
The winner of this
race will face Republican Aaron Adcock in the general election.