GARRETT — Republican Larry Getts announced his candidacy in the Nov. 5 mayoral race, challenging incumbent Democratic Mayor Todd Fiandt.

Getts is a lifelong resident of Garrett and graduate of Garrett High School, and a self-described passionate community advocate.

Getts and his wife, Tasha, have been married for 31 years and have four adult children, all Garrett grads. The couple enjoy spoiling their four grandsons who are all in the Garrett area. Three of their grandsons are the fifth generation of the Getts family to call Garrett home.

Getts worked in various leadership positions at Dana Corporation during his 24 years with the company including Skilled Trades Union Steward, Employee Assistance Program Director, Continuous Improvement Director, and Production Manager. He has earned his Masters of Business Administration degree and Millwright Journeyman card.

He is currently serving his second term on the Garrett Keyser Butler School Board and is a member of the Garrett Parks and Recreation Board, Redevelopment Commission and the Greater Garrett Board. At the county level, Getts is involved with the Community Foundation of DeKalb County’s Promise Walk and Learning Link, OCRA’s Regional Development initiative and the DeKalb County Trails.

Getts said he has learned from work and school board experiences that the key to great leadership is having a powerful overall vision and creating an exciting environment where everyone is empowered and excited to work together to make that vision happen. His personal vision for the city is to strive to do what is best for Garrett’s citizens and businesses every day. He already lives that vision as evidenced by his social media Garrett Happenings Facebook Page, his involvement in Food Truck Mondays, and his advocacy for Garrett throughout the region.

“Garrett is right on the verge of some really great things happening for the city and its citizens. There has been a huge shift in the thinking of those who are looking for a city to live in — people aren’t necessarily looking for jobs as a key part of making that decision, they are looking for a thriving, vibrant community to live,” he said.

Getts said he believes Garrett has some of those characteristics in place to be that vibrant community people are looking for. Garrett’s location is very close to the population growth and numerous job opportunities in northern Allen County. The city has many fantastic local restaurants, a wonderful, family-friendly community pool, a great public library, a versatile wellness/community facility in the JAM Center and an exceptional school district.

“But there are still many improvements that can be made, especially in the areas of quality of place enhancements and attracting more service-oriented businesses to town,” said Getts. He also understands that there are several serious problems that will take a community-wide effort to solve such as the horrible effects that meth and opioids have taken on individuals and their families in our community and workforce shortages of skilled trades and maintenance workers which are still a major issue with local businesses.

Getts said he sees value in celebrating where were Garrett is at right now, but also knows the city cannot be satisfied and must keep moving forward towards the tremendous future of what Garrett will be.

“Garrett citizens and businesses deserve to expect more. Expect a greater Garrett,” he said.

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