At 22, Zachary LaFavers knows he has an uphill battle over the next few weeks to win voters over in Greenfield.
Especially, when he is running as a Democratic candidate against incumbent and Republican Chuck Fewell for mayor of Greenfield, but LaFavers welcomes the challenge and isn’t shy about saying so.
LaFavers told Giant FM that despite having “changes in professional and personal life,” the campaign has been good.
“Really what I’ve been hearing most from voters is they want to see change in the local government, they want a new face,” LaFavers said.
LaFavers said the biggest issue facing Greenfield pertains to growth.
“The biggest issue I see facing Greenfield is ensuring sustained growth and keeping jobs here locally for our middle class workers. Improving our infrastructure would also be a top priority in my administration,” he told Giant FM.
LaFavers is currently an apprentice with Heat &Frost Insulators Local 18, a trade union in Indianapolis, and believes voters will turnout for him in November because of his ability to bring new ideas and leadership to Greenfield.
“It is time for the next generation to lead the way in progressing our city forward. I believe in opening Greenfield up to any business or industry that is willing to invest in our city,” LaFavers said.
He told Giant FM he would be interested in bringing factories, new and popular restaurant franchises and different, localized small businesses to Greenfield.
“Not to only create jobs, but sustain jobs. Using tax abatements would be appropriate, if it was done responsibly,” he said.
LaFavers, who ran unsuccessfully for county commissioners previously, said the county government has shown how “irresponsibly” tax abatements can be used.
“We can use tax abatements, but I would be more in favor of offering our current businesses these incentives to help them stay at 100 percent manpower and operations,” he said.