Mayoral Candidate Doden Tackling Local Home Foreclosures

By Scott Sarvay

March 24, 2011 Updated Mar 24, 2011 at 5:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Republican Mayoral Candidate Eric Doden spoke to supporters Thursday about his plans for 12,000 vacant homes in Fort Wayne if elected.

Doden says foreclosures are decreasing local property values and the city's tax base.

To tackle the issue, Doden would like to better inform home owners of their financial options and encourage debt counseling in hopes of avoiding foreclosure.

He says code enforcement must also ensure that foreclosed properties are well maintained.

Doden adds that transparency is a "must".

(R) Mayoral Candidate Eric Doden says, “If I'm in a neighborhood, I ought to have the right to know who owns that house that's foreclosed, and then I also have to have access to file complaints or concerns I have about that things aren't being done to that home that need to be done by the owner."

Doden says the cornerstone of his campaign is job creation and these empty homes discourage Fort Wayne’s ability to attract and retain valuable resources.

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