For the past weeks and months, it’s been the honor of my life to seek your vote to be the mayor of my hometown, Noblesville. In home meetings and coffees, community events and public gatherings, on the square or on the debate stage, you have taken time to get to know me and the other candidates. You’ve asked hard questions to understand my vision for Noblesville’s Next Chapter. And thank you for allowing me to ask you questions about what you felt was important to our city.

I am the best leader to take Noblesville into its next chapter. My time spent working at the local, state and federal levels will be vital as we forge key partnerships to build an even better Noblesville. I am proud to be endorsed in our campaign by Governor Eric Holcomb and Congresswoman Susan Brooks. I’ve earned the support of people who build and invest in our community and those who keep our community safe, like our Police and Firefighters. My time working for the administration of former Governor Mitch Daniels taught me the importance of a dollar and how to do more with less. As your mayor, my top priority will be to spend your tax dollars wisely.

But that isn’t why I am running for Mayor. You see, I am running for Mayor for three simple reasons:  CJ, Vivian and Hank. For my wife and me, our children are the most important people in our lives. I am sure you feel the same way about your families. After I graduated from Butler, it was an easy choice for me to make to return home to Noblesville. And someday, my kids will face the same choice. When presented with the entire world in front of them, I want them to view Noblesville as the logical place to settle down and start their families. 

I want my kids to grow up in a city that is easy to get around. Where they don’t have to wait 20 minutes to get across the river to the high school for baseball practice. A city that is accessible by foot, bike and car. A city that invests in infrastructure like roads and bridges, but also parks and trails. 

I want my kids to grow up in a city that is safe. Not just safe from crime, but a safe community that can come together even in the face of challenges or tough conversations. A community that takes mental health and the opioid epidemic seriously, by talking openly about it and finding ways to fight it. A community that equips our first responders with the tools they need to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.

I want my kids to grow up in a city that not only has good jobs available, but that is helping to build a strong and sustainable workforce. A city that has tight collaboration between employers and schools to ensure that we are creating career pathways for our future generations. A city that attracts the right jobs to fit the right workforce.

And finally, I want my kids to grow up in a city that when they cross the White River from the west, or down the brick streets from the east and see the iconic courthouse square, that they know that they are home. A city that works tirelessly to protect our historic downtown, and just as tirelessly to enhance it. A city where we support our local merchants and continue to grow our tax base.

Over the past few weeks, our team has knocked on over 3,000 doors in our city, talking with our neighbors, listening to their concerns and getting their ideas. And the message we are getting is clear. Our residents are ready for Noblesville’s next chapter. A chapter with a clear vision for the future. A chapter that protects our rich history while ensuring tomorrow’s success.   

That’s why I am running for Mayor. That’s why I am fighting so hard to lead our next chapter. And that’s why I am asking for your vote on May 7th. Thank you.

-Chris Jensen, Candidate for Noblesville Mayor