Fishers Democrats Start Petition to Upgrade Fishers to a City
Joe Weingarten, Democratic Party candidate for State House District 29, and Greg Purvis, a former candidate for Fishers Town Council, have announced a petition drive to change Fishers from a town into a city.
Thanks to the developer friendly town council, the town of Fishers has become the third fastest growing town, growing twice as fast as Indianapolis since the year 2000. Since that time, the town’s population has exploded 69% to a population of 66,080.
The formation into a city would provide for a Mayor and city council districts that would be directly elected by their districts, as opposed to the current form where town council members are elected “at-large” despite being in districts. Purvis, who campaigned on the issue of becoming a city in 2007, said that “a community the size of Fishers deserves a Mayor that will be accountable to voters. The current town chief is a town manager hired by and hand picked by the town council”. House District 29 includes approximately half of the Town of Fishers and Weingarten believes voter turnout is indicative of the way the town council districts are elected. “It’s a possibility that one of the reasons for the very low turnout in Fishers elections is for the lack of representative districts. The formation of a city will allow voters to directly vote for a Mayor, and choose their own city’s leader”.
Approximately 1,500 Fishers residents must sign a petition in order for the question of becoming a city is placed on an election ballot. This number is based on 10% of Fishers’ registered voters who cast their vote in the last election for secretary of state. Organizers feel confident that this can be easily accomplished.