Russ Jehl, City Council, 2nd District: My experience with historic preservation is twofold: my experience as a real estate broker and my experience as a common council representative. As a real estate broker, I have toured thousands of homes and buildings, many of them old and/or historic. I especially understand the challenges and desirability of restoring these buildings. As a council representative, I understand the policies and delicate balancing acts involved in historical preservation. A great example is how the expansion of West State Blvd. will hurt the historic neighborhoods and the social fabric of East State Blvd.
Tom Didier, City Council, 3rd District: No.
John Crawford, City Council, At-Large: I donate to Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust. I helped the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust persuade the mayor not to move Anthony Wayne statue to courthouse square.
Mike Avila, candidate for City Council, At-Large: As a brickmason I worked on Chief Richardville’s home on Bluffton Rd, reworking one of the fireplaces. I also met with a contractor and ARCH to repoint a small building on Van Buren St. I rebuilt the kiln at the historic replica of the Fort. I also worked on the restoration of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, 420 W Wayne St.
Michael Barranda, candidate for City Council, At-Large: Only indirectly through grantmaking with Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Foellinger Foundation. Through FW Chamber and Regional Chamber, I have continually supported the expansion of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit in the State Legislature.
Tom Freistroffer, candidate for City Council, At-Large: Never Directly. Indirectly yes—I am state licensed appraiser and have appraised several historic homes!