COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel announced last week that he would seek a third consecutive term.

He has served in this role since 2012 and under his leadership Columbia City has seen significant residential and business growth. In May, Columbia City was named as the “Eighth-Fastest Growing City in Indiana” by the Indiana University Business Research Center.

“Serving and growing our community has been my goal since day one,” said Daniel. “If re-elected, we will continue to provide good government services and a focus on improving the quality of life for our citizens.”

In 2011, Daniel won a three-way primary and a three-way general election to become the second-youngest mayor in Columbia City’s history. In 2015, he earned 76 percent of the vote to win a second term. If elected next year, Daniel would be the second mayor in the city’s history to be elected to three consecutive terms.

During Daniel’s tenure, major quality-of-life projects have been completed including the new Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center, the downtown Thomas Marshall Plaza, multiple extensions of the Blue River Trail, and the upcoming expansion of Morsches Park. “Community development has been a focal point during the past seven years,” said Daniel. “A recreational community is an attractive community. We are continually striving to be that attractive and welcoming community.”

Numerous infrastructure projects have also been completed during his tenure, including improved streets and sidewalks, stormwater drainage improvements, and an improved electrical grid.

Sewer improvements underway include a new forced main to serve Whitley County Redevelopment Area, and the final phase of the city’s federally-mandated Long Term Control Plan — a project that saved ratepayers over $4 million.

“We are constantly working to improve and enhance our utility infrastructure, while balancing the cost to the customer,” stated Daniel. “It’s important that we focus on the future growth of the utilities to offset the rising cost of unfunded mandates.”

If re-elected, Daniel plans to continue to grow and expand the community through smart and stable development.

“Our strategy hasn’t changed. We have to continue striving to be better tomorrow than we are today. Through the growth of our parks and amenities, the unprecedented amount of available jobs and growing housing stock, the renewed investment in our downtown, and a new Columbia City High School, we have a great foundation to build upon.”

The Columbia City municipal elections will take place in 2019.