Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski On Election Surprises And Moderate Troubles

Nov 8, 2018

The mayor says it's possible some of the Democrats elected this week will be to the left of him politically and that'll cause him to be uncomfortable with some of their ideas.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski describes himself as a “more conservative Democrat” when outlining his political philosophy. His party won a number of seats in this year’s local elections, including a couple races few predicted they'd win. But in the same year where Joe Donnelly – a Democrat who tried to endear himself to non-Democrats by saying he’d vote to build a border wall – lost his re-election bid handily, what does that mean for Democrats of Roswarski’s ilk?

We put that question to him this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.  Also on this week’s show, Greater Lafayette Commerce wants to close off parking and traffic on a dozen downtown streets for the city’s holiday parade early next month.

But would the inconvenience to those living downtown outweigh the benefit of having the parade, which some have registered complaints about in recent years?