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Greer, Hewitt gear up for next phase

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com

With the 2019 primary election results in, Republican mayoral candidate Miles Hewitt and incumbent Democratic mayoral candidate Gabriel Greer are gearing up to move onto the next phase of campaigning.

Greer said Hewitt’s 38 years with the police department was tough to overcome for the Republican primary opponents. He said the other opponents were a bit more negative during the primaries so he’s happy that Hewitt’s positivity will be moving forward to the next election.

Hewitt said he and his opponents all worked hard and he’s happy with the results and the way everything turned out. As for running against the current Mayor in the next election, he said he doesn’t want to take anything for granted.

“We just have to wait and see what happens in November,” he said.

For now, Hewitt said he and his team will be taking a week off after a draining primary election. From there he said they’ll meet to figure out what their platform and focus will be for the upcoming election.

Until then, Hewitt said he does not have specific issues or strategies in mind.

Greer said he was not very vocal during the primary election since he did not have a Democratic opponent and preferred to save any debate for the next election, but he said headquarters will open up in about a month and he plans to start getting out in the community to talk to people about what he’s been doing for the city.

“I think my record of what I’ve actually done versus what other people say they would like to do speaks for itself,” he said. “Although I need to get out there and start talking to people about what we’re doing, too.”

In his time, Greer said he and his team have helped finance grants to fix up downtown buildings, expand bike trails, tear down abandoned homes and fund Second Saturdays, to name a few things.

Since the city has teamed up with Advantage Housing which originated in Kokomo, the non-profit has shifted from having the Kokomo mayor sponsor their organization and has asked Greer to be their sponsor because of how well the partnership has gone, Greer added.

Additionally, Greer said individuals can go downtown and building by building see improvements that have taken place in the last three years. Reminding people of these successes will be a big part of his campaign, he said.

“I feel like I have a strong record of what we’ve done here in Peru so I’m confident that I’ll be able to win over people in Peru,” he said.

Regardless of what ends up happening in the next election, Greer said local government could look a lot different. He said with only three council members running for re-election, each with an opponent, the entire city council could look different.