Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On A Lackluster Legislative Session

Mar 22, 2018

The mayor says he thinks lawmakers didn't accomplish much of note this year, so he questions the need for a special session.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The City of Crawfordsville, like many smaller Indiana municipalities, struggles to provide a comprehensive set of medical services. But anticipated investment in an autism treatment center for kids could help to lessen the number of families who have to seek treatment elsewhere.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about how much his push to recruit young professionals is impacted by becoming a one-stop shop for amenities people expect in the 21st Century – and whether such a thing is even possible in a town of 16,000 people.

Also on this week’s show, the Crawfordsville League of Women Voters is advocating for Indiana adopting a vote-by-mail option, as the state of Oregon has done for years.

Oregon regularly turns out 70-percent of its electorate in elections, while Indiana typically falls near the bottom in terms of participation. So would the mayor, who’s likely to be on the ballot again next year, support such a move?