LIMA — The Dan Beck for Mayor campaign posted online the first of three interviews Tuesday with Jesse Lowe II and Beck.
The seven minute YouTube video features Lowe, founder of Drugs Bring Death and now a candidate in his own right for 3rd Ward City Councilor, and Beck. Lowe interviews Beck about his vision of improving the city’s safety to improve its business climate and increase jobs.
The campaign wants to use the YouTube videos as a place to go more in-depth on issues, Beck said.
Beck wouldn’t say if Lowe is a supporter, but said Lowe was asked to do the interview and Lowe came up with his own questions he believed the public would like answers to.
In the video, Lowe asks questions about crime-fighting and code enforcement policy. The Drugs Bring Death logo appears on the screen at the same time as Beck’s campaign logo.
“People come to me all the time and say, if Dan makes it in, or when Dan makes it in, what improvements can he make as far as safety?” Lowe says.
Beck, who served as Allen County sheriff for 16 years, advocates reassigning some officers currently working undercover in the anti-drug crime task force to uniform work in high-crime neighborhoods.
“They can go back to the neighborhoods when the crime is most prevalent, from between 6 to 8 p.m. and 3 or 4 a.m.,” Beck says. “They need to talk to the people in the neighborhoods. There is so much intimidation in the innercity that the good law-abiding citizens are afraid to report crime.”
Beck said he could implement the plan even if he and a police chief disagreed.
“We're all accountable to someone. Even though the chief is a civil service position, I think he would be accountable to the mayor. The mayor can set goals and objectives for him,” Beck said. “I think we'd both want the same thing, a safer community.”