Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski On Five Points, Dems' Election Participation

May 10, 2018

The mayor says he'd rather local Democrats feel the urge to run for office, rather than the state party or local officials cajoling them to.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

In this week’s elections in Tippecanoe County, Democrats fielded a candidate in just two of the seven countywide races. It’s the continuation of a trend of apathy from the party in recent years.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with the highest-ranking Democrat in the county – Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – about what that dearth of participation means for his party – especially in a year where Democrats were supposed to be energized.

Also on this week’s show, the city’s redevelopment commission has begun planning to update the worn-down Five Points neighborhood just east of Lafayette’s downtown.

We ask Mayor Roswarski if the remaining building stock is good enough to remodel or whether some of it may have to be razed – and some existing business owners forced out – for others to come in and invest.