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Rearing heads

Two former Fort Wayne Republican politicians joined the public debate recently in written form.

Former councilwoman Liz Brown authored a column in the spring Indiana Policy Review issue encouraging elected officials and residents to question government spending projections to ensure they are reasonable and honest.

“The cleverest politicians know that if the true costs were revealed upfront the public would rightly question the worth of a project and the ability to fund it,” she wrote, and then referenced Citizens Square and its cost overruns.

She said if people “expect the worst of government we should demand more of elected officials.” Brown never shied away from asking a tough question and apparently wants others to follow suit.

Matt Kelty, the GOP mayoral nominee who lost in 2007 in the midst of a criminal investigation into his campaign finances, wrote a guest column to both local newspapers supporting the effort by Fort Wayne Community Schools to raise money for building repairs.

Kelty, who is an architect, touted his fiscal and social conservative chops before delivering his support.

“Six years after a failed $500 million initiative, the more limited $119 million dollar scope of work is a responsible way of curtailing a greater future cost, of delivering more functional buildings, and of aiding teachers and students in accomplishing their mission,” he wrote.

Could reentering the public discourse be just the first step to a return to political life?

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