To the editor:

There is no greater public spirit for the city of Auburn than Sarah Payne. Her professional leadership career began more than twenty years ago and its staying power is rooted in her altruistic character and passion to empower those around her. She exudes creative innovation and leads by action and example. Sarah Payne is not only for Auburn, she is Auburn.

Sarah’s benevolent endeavors include the Junior League of Fort Wayne where she served as the fund development VP and represented our region at the Organization Development Institute in Dallas. She has also served as project manager for IPFW Riverfest where she focused on preservation, protection and development. These three focal points resonate throughout Sarah’s involvement within the Auburn community. She has preserved our rich automotive heritage when serving as the executive director of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. She has been protecting our downtown vitality by serving as president of the Auburn Main Street Board and protecting our well-being by serving as DeKalb Health's director of community outreach and foundation. Sarah continues to enrich the development of our local youth by volunteering for Junior Achievement, serving on the JAM Center's board of directors and integrating DeKalb High School New Tech students into community projects.

Sarah's platform is forward thinking and full of vision for advancing the foundation of growth paved by current Mayor Yoder. She is poised to make tough decisions that will positively impact our community for generations. Sarah will encourage us to engage in topics of importance and challenge us to do so proactively. She will do this with honesty, respect, grace, and unmatched passion for the community she and her husband grew up in and are raising their children. If you want to learn more about Sarah's experience, involvement and platform please visit her website at I am 4Sarah!

April Dobson


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