“This closed police post is the perfect example of how out of touch many of our current officeholders are with the needs of our neighborhoods,” said Webber. “Monroe Gray knows that many of my neighbors--vulnerable senior citizens in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood--have been the targets of violent burglaries and attacks, yet he has not called for the reopening of the North District substation. He should admit his failure to fund enough police on our streets and should use his political clout to protect our neighbors.”
Webber also noted, “I believe that we must put at least 300 officers on our streets to be safe, and I will work to do that on the council if elected.”
Gray told The Indianapolis Star last year that “[w]hat’s the use in having the juice if you don’t use it?” when referring to actions he had taken on the council. In addition, Gray has been investigated for ethics violations and was involved in the controversial 300 East project that put a bar in a government building.
"I say lets use ‘juice’ for everyone, including Butler-Tarkington seniors!” Webber exclaimed. “We must protect our most vulnerable citizens or we have lost our way as a government."
"Kurt Webber is a breath of fresh air,” said local GOP chair Tom John. “He is dedicated to finding ways to combat our growing crime problems, and he is not afraid to speak out when incumbent councilors like Gray are putting their personal and political interests ahead of the needs of their constituents."
“Webber will be an outstanding choice to bring long-forgotten accountability back to this district,” John added.
Webber's press release notes he is a practicing attorney with extensive experience in real estate matters. He and his wife, Delise Aull Webber, M.D., are the parents of two young children. They attend Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and have been active in numerous church and community activities for years.
It's good to see someone step forward and make the huge sacrifice it will take to unseat Gray. Historical voting patterns in this district don't bode well for a Republican candidate. Voters in the district need to take a hard look at these two candidates and decide whether Gray's self-dealing in office and lack of attention to the increasing crime problems in this district justify another term on the council. Maybe good government will win the day in this race.