- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who has entered a mayoral race in a northern Indiana city says he may be young but he’s a strong leader who wants to “revitalize the fun-loving community.”

Caleb Owens formally filed last week to run for mayor as a Democrat in Elkhart. He will face two-term incumbent Dick Moore in the May Democratic primary. Two Republicans are also running.

Owens told The Elkhart Truth (http://bit.ly/1DANXve ) that if elected mayor he’d work with city council, community churches, city government and residents. He said Moore has done well in getting jobs to Elkhart, but that places outside downtown are being ignored.

Among Owens’ concerns are methamphetamine production and violence. He said he lost a good friend who was 16 when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2013.

“People shouldn’t have the fear or worry that if a 16-year-old is out past a certain curfew, that he’s going to end up getting shot and killed,” Owens said.

The Concord High School senior turns 18 on April 21. He lives with his grandparents and is a music minister at an Elkhart church.

Owens is also in the Indiana Army National Guard and leaves for basic training in July. He’d be gone much of the time leading up to the general election, but he said a team of Concord seniors would help him run his campaign.

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Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.elkharttruth.com

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