Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has found himself up against some powerful competition recently.
He appears to have prevailed in a battle against the world’s largest company, Wal-Mart, in a battle over a road near the big box chain’s Crawfordsville location.
But he may also be up against several cell phone companies – and the lawmakers they appear to be bankrolling.
This week on WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, we quiz Mayor Barton about what he’s learned from his recent skirmishes.
We also talk in this half-hour about a caucus to elect new Republican leadership in Montgomery County.
The mayor is the standard-bearer for a more moderate version of conservatism than some in the county favor. And with the Tea Party still holding meetings and the former county Republican chairman leaving to become a Libertarian, the next couple election cycles may say a lot about whether "Barton conservatives" can win the day.