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McGinn, Bozikis differ on East Side development

One of the contested races in the May 5th primary is for an East Side Evansville city council seat. 

Incumbent 1st Ward Councilman Dan McGinn faces challenger Tom Bozikis, vice president of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau, for the Republican nomination.

Both candidates tell the Evansville Courier and Press that they want to see more development on the East Side, but disagree on government’s role in that process.

McGinn touts tax phase-ins as a way to entice new businesses to move in, and existing businesses to expand. He calls them “a great incentive and a great tool.”

But Bozikis says he wants to see more private involvement and more natural progression in economic development.

He tells the newspaper “I’m not really crazy about what you would call corporate capitalism” where the council picks “winners and losers” and tries to pay companies to come in.

The first ward is traditionally a Republican stronghold and includes the city’s main shopping corridors on Green River and Burkhardt roads.