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Endorsements for Steve McMichael
for Mayor of New Haven


Endorsement from Michael Wallace, student at New Haven High School, intern at RE/MAX Imagine Real Estate

Steve McMichael is an amazing human being and he possesses an abundance of good traits. Steve and I have built a great relationship. He has also given me room to grow and accepts my flaws and my young mind. Steve is more than just a businessman; he’s a family man, a people person, and one helpful human. Lastly, he is a successful man and stays humble through triumph and downfalls.

Michael Wallace

New Haven High School Student, Intern


Endorsement from Jason Voelck, Owner of Smokehaus BBQ and Wicked Automotive

There will be quite a void left after Mayor McDonald retires; he has grown this city into a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Steve McMichael is the leader we need to continue on with those same traditions. We have grown our little car lot (Wicked Automotive) into a nice little family business, which allowed me to open a new business, Smokehaus BBQ. We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish that without the help and support of our local leaders, including Mr. McMichael. He has worked tirelessly to build this city into somewhere that businesses can grow while not losing our small town atmosphere. Steve is the guy you’ll run into at the bakery, the gas station, or the local diners. He is what New Haven stands for, local, personable, and professional. If you want to see New Haven continue to grow, business to flourish, while still maintaining a small town feel, join me in supporting Steve McMichael for Mayor of our great city!

Jason Voelck

Owner, Smokehaus BBQ and Wicked Automotive


Endorsement from Joe Kelsey, Mayor of Woodburn

As the Mayor of a small community I have had the privilege of meeting all kinds of people in Woodburn and in the neighboring cities. It has been an honor to get to know Mayor McDonald and through this friendship I have also had the privilege to meet and get to know Steve McMichael. If there is one thing I have learned over the last three years, it is that our two communities compliment each other and are stronger when we work together.  I believe Steve will carry on this tradition well.  He has been dedicated to the city of New Haven and it’s residents for many years and it would be an honor and a privilege to work along side him in the upcoming years.  I offer my support for Steve McMichael to be the next Mayor of the City of New Haven Indiana.

Joe Kelsey 

Mayor of Woodburn


Endorsement from Joel Benz, Allen County Council District 3

Steve is the kind of person who will help make our community a better place. He brings fresh ideas along with an institutional knowledge from years spent working behind the scenes as a township board member, and a city council member. He will be able to fill the void left following Mayor McDonald’s retirement without missing a step. One thing that has stood out to me as I’ve gotten to know Steve, is his willingness to collaborate and work together to achieve things that couldn’t have been done alone. An example of this would be the recent Stellar Communities designation that will bring millions of dollars to not just New Haven, but all of eastern Allen County. This mindset is what will help make our community a better place to live and work and why Steve McMichael will make an excellent Mayor.

Joel Benz

County Councilman, District 3



 Endorsement from Terry McDonald, Mayor of New Haven

Steve is and has been a dedicated member of our community for several years. Steve has accepted several request to serve on various boards and commissions and stepped up to become the fifth district councilman when that seat was open after the retirement of Tim Martin. Steve was ready day one when he arrived at council, he has studied and investigated the issues and needs of our city. Steve has the knowledge and understanding of the workings of the city from the services to the budget and he will be ready day one of the new term, Steve will be ready with the knowledge and experience to lead our city, in this time of growth. Steve will not need to learn the job because he has been involved and preparing himself for years for the job.

This is a critical time in our history and we need a leader like Steve to take helm and steer us into a bigger and brighter future.

Terry McDonald

Mayor of New Haven




Endorsement from New Haven City Councilman Terry Werling

Being involved in city government, Steve has become a close friend. With Steve’s involvement as City Council President, he has shown to be very aggressive and driven in many of the aspects of the workings of city government. Time and again, he has proven that he deeply cares for our city and the people and business owners that reside here.

Steve is knowledgeable of all facets of city government. He will analyze each piece, namely, the city budget, economic development, police, fire, EMS, and utility departments as he is educated in great depth of each department. He is greatly concerned with the quality of life in this great city of New Haven and I, for one, want someone in charge of our city who is ready day one.

Please join me in supporting Steve’s candidacy for Mayor of New Haven. Visit his website and reach out to share your time, talent, and treasure for this important race for our community. We greatly appreciate your vote in May. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Terry Werling
Former Mayor of New Haven, Indiana
Current City Council at Large


Endorsement from New Haven City Councilman Bob Byrd

Having been in Politics for many years I can honestly say that there is no one quite like Steve McMichael. Having worked alongside Steve on city council for a few years I have gotten to see his integrity and dedication for this community first hand. Steve truly exemplifies what it means to have a servant’s heart. As City Council President Steve works extremely hard before, during, and after each and every meeting to ensure that the tax payer’s money is being spent in the most efficient way. With his participation in many community boards such as the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the New Haven Community foundation, and the Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative board Steve is works many tireless and thankless hours behinds the scenes to make the New Haven community a better place to live.

Due to his extensive work in and commitment to this community I truly believe that Steve will be ready day one as mayor of this great city!

Bob Byrd
New Haven City Council 4th District


Endorsement from New Haven City Councilman Craig Dellinger

Next spring, New Haven residents have a very important choice to make. Terry McDonald is not running for Mayor again, and so far we have two candidates to choose from. I strongly support Steve McMichael to be our next Mayor. The office of Mayor in a city our size is not an easy job. The idea of replacing Mayor McDonald with someone who hasn’t held a single office, commission or board position in our City Government is very scary to me. In comparison, Steve has been on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Plan Commission, Adams Township Trustee Board and has served as our City Council President for the past year. He has served as an Neighborhood Association President, and helped us create the New Haven Community Foundation four years ago. If we need somebody to volunteer, I can always count on Steve to jump in. It’s really been a pleasure to work with someone who always puts the community’s interests over his own.
Another reason that’s very exciting to me are Steve’s contacts in the business and political world. He is the Vice Chair of the Paulding Putnam Electric Coop Board of Directors. In addition to all the valuable utility training he’s received, he has built relationships with critical people throughout the state and even national leaders. He’s laser focused on making sure New Haven, at the very least, has a seat at the table when decisions that affect us are being made. We have a great story to tell, and Steve has the skills and leadership to take our community places we’ve only dreamed about. 
I’m proud to give Steve my enthusiastic endorsement. Most of you know how much I care about our community, I wouldn’t give this recommendation if I wasn’t 100% positive that Steve is by far the best candidate for this very difficult job.

Craig Dellinger
New Haven City Council Third District

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