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Jeffersonville, Indiana’s Canal Project Remains Uncertain

Jeffersonville, Indiana’s new Republican Mayor-elect Mike Moore says he plans on scrapping the city’s Canal Project.

The project was introduced by current Mayor Tom Galligan as part of an EPA requirement to control sewage; but the plan also calls for development around the canal to attract businesses and economic development.

Jeffersonville taxpayers can’t afford that burden, said Moore.

“As for the EPA’s demands are concerned we’re going to do everything that we’re obligated to do, but we’re not going to spend another 60 some odd million dollars on a project that has got nothing to do with the EPA,” he said.

Voters may agree. Moore topped his opponents with 50 percent of the vote. Galligan received 43 percent and Libertarian candidate Bob Isgrigg received 6 percent of votes.

Moore has yet to announce how he plans to proceed with parts of the project, like properties the city purchased that are in the path of the proposed canal. But he did give a sneak preview into his agenda once he takes office.

“We’re going to make sure River Ridge is busting at the seams. Four years from now you’re going to see good paying jobs being created out there. We’re going work on getting our side of Veterans Parkway developed. And you’re going to see us working with the local schools.”

Moore said he would like to work with schools and possibly offer incentive programs for student achievement.

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Gahan, Moore Win Southern Indiana Mayorships

Two mayoral races in southern Indiana were also decided Tuesday night.

In New Albany, Democratic candidate Jeff Gahan bested three opponents, one Republican, one Libertarian and one independent. The mayor’s office had been vacated by Democrat Doug England, who sought a seat on the city council.

In Jeffersonville, incumbent Democrat Tom Galligan lost his seat to GOP challenger Mike Moore. Moore is a county commissioner.

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IUS Student On Ballot For Jeffersonville Council Seat

Candidates for municipal office across Indiana are launching their general election campaigns, now that the primaries are over.

Among the candidates for Jeffersonville City Council is Republican Matt Owen, a 20 year old student at Indiana University Southeast.

Owen was the top vote-getter in the GOP primary for three at-large council seats. Two other Republicans and three Democrats are also vying for the seats.

“A major thing for me is just general communication between public officials and the general public. I know a lot of people that live in Jeff say they just don’t feel representation anymore. We have some officials who just do what they like to do. And we’re looking to change that,” he said.

Owen had considered running for Jeffersonville mayor, but is now supporting Republican nominee Mike Moore, who’s trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Tom Galligan.