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Salary slogans

Republican mayoral nominee Paula Hughes held an event on Thursday to again tout the fact she would slash the mayor’s salary by nearly $30,000 if elected.

Hughes has repeatedly said the mayor of Fort Wayne should not make more than the mayor of Indianapolis or the governor of Indiana, and the cut would help lead by example.

This time, however, Hughes was joined by Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, which on the surface seemed like a slightly odd pick. While Stutzman did vote to reduce congressional pay, he is still paid a base salary of $174,000 plus multiple perks. This is nearly double Gov. Mitch Daniels’ salary.

Mayor Tom Henry’s campaign manager was quick to point out this pay discrepancy.

“Only Paula Hughes would hold a press conference about pay cuts with a congressman who makes $174,000 a year,” Justin Schall said. “The real question is what kind of mayor she’d be.”

Hughes declined to comment on Stutzman’s salary, saying she was only trying to bring the mayoral pay in line with other Indiana mayors. Stutzman, however, said he is only one legislator and wanted to lower the pay even further. As an executive, the mayor can more lead by example, which is what Hughes is trying to do, he said.