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Keeping up with the Addamses?

C. Daniels

Gov. Mitch Daniels and first lady Cheri Daniels are getting into the Halloween spirit as characters from the Addams Family as they host trick-or-treaters at the governor’s residence for the seventh consecutive year.

The governor will don a Gomez costume while the first lady will be Morticia.

“Welcoming young Hoosiers to the Governor’s Residence on Halloween has become one of my favorite traditions,” first lady Cheri Daniels said. “We especially appreciate the generosity of the Indiana companies that made donations for our treat bags and costumes.”

The event will be from 6 to 8 Halloween night.

The couple will pass out assorted candy provided by four Indiana businesses. Donations include chocolate bars and pecan caramels from DeBrand Fine Chocolates of Fort Wayne; chocolate bars from Good’s Candy Shop of Anderson; chocolate-dipped pretzel twists from Schimpff’s Confectionery of Jeffersonville; and candy corn and fruit jells from Zachary Confections of Frankfort.

The first 200 trick-or-treaters also will receive jump ropes from Project 18 and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

Previous costume themes have been The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Indianapolis 500, the 1950s, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Nothing for granted

Former Fort Wayne Councilman John Crawford is not taking any chances – nor sparing any expenses – in his effort to return to the City Council.

Crawford has spent more than $105,000 on his campaign this year, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

To put this number in perspective, it is about five times the annual salary of a council position and is nearly four times the combined amount spent by the six other at-large council candidates.

Councilman John Shoaff, D-at large, reported spending no money so far this year on his campaign.

The bulk of the money Crawford spent went to the Asher Agency for advertising.

Crawford reported having nearly $5,000 left in his campaign account, so it is clear he is going all-in for this election.

Daniels for Hughes

Gov. Mitch Daniels is stepping up his efforts to support GOP mayoral candidate Paula Hughes.

He is featured in a new radio ad and is headlining a fundraiser for Hughes on Wednesday.

The ad script goes like this:

“Hi, it’s Mitch Daniels. Hoosiers deserve good government at all levels and that’s why this Nov. 8, I hope you’ll vote for Paula Hughes as the next mayor of Fort Wayne. Paula is fully committed to policies that encourage job growth, keep taxes low, promote the best quality of life in your town. That’s how we’ve turned around Indiana and with Paula in the lead you can take Fort Wayne in a new direction, too.”

The fundraiser will be at noon Wednesday at the Fort Wayne Country Club, and the cost is $1,000 a person.

Clerk spending

Republican Zach Bonahoom is putting on a financial push to take the city clerk’s position from Democrat Sandy Kennedy.

Bonahoom reported spending $25,844 this year in his effort to win election, more than triple the $8,376 Kennedy reported spending.

His expenses included $4,329 to Specialized Printed Products for printing services and $9,303 to Custom Art Screen Printing for art and screen printing.

It may not be surprising that Bonahoom is spending so much more than a long-term incumbent with high name recognition, but Kennedy spent $27,408 in her 2003 campaign against John McGauley, who now is Allen County recorder.

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