South Bend Common Councilwoman Sheila Niezgodski has announced her intention to run for re-election.
Niezgodski sent the following statement to 95.3 MNC:
I’ve decided to run for re-election to the South Bend Common Council because I’ll work in a constructive manner to bring further enhanced growth within the 6th District.
It’s been my greatest honor to represent the residents of the 6th District for the last 3 years. I’m confident that our best days lie ahead. I’ve tirelessly pursued initiatives for our 6th District which have also gained the support of my Council colleagues.
Success can be demonstrated in the neighborhoods of the 6th District. When I made the decision to run three years ago, I sought to make improvements that would benefit our neighborhoods and enhance the everyday lives of 6th District residents.
Since that time, twenty-five million dollars have been invested into South Bend neighborhoods. We’ve repaved streets and improved our curbs and sidewalks. Expenditures were made not seen in decades. The 6th District saw a good amount of these improvements.
Working together with my council colleagues and the mayor, the sewer lateral reimbursement program was created to assist with low- and moderate-income housing sewer lateral connections.
I have also worked collaboratively to enhance the Lead Program. Educating and informing residents of the dangers of lead poisoning to children under age 6. This effort stirred collaboration with the County Health Department, the City of South Bend, the Lead Innovation team and the Lead Affinity Group.
Large development projects such as Pure Green Farms and Four Winds Casino have also found their homes within South Bend’s 6th District.
Today the Nexus Center is a growing landmark within the 6th District because of dedicated hard work.
Food insecurity is real and it affects many of our residents. I’ve worked to utilize public dollars to help Cultivate in their plans to build a 21,000 square foot state of the art cold storage facility in the 6th District, greatly enhancing their outreach efforts regionally.
Substantial investment in Walker field, will also see marked improvements in the upcoming year.
Broadband expansion, housing development, infrastructure, and public safety funding all have helped to assist with the growth South Bend is seeing.
If elected to a 2nd term as the Councilwoman in the 6th District of South Bend, I pledge to continue advocating to bring added growth to the 6th District and to the City of South Bend. I want all citizens residing within our community to grow and flourish together. I want to see our accomplishments be a testament to our children’s quality of life that will benefit them for generations to come.