|34th Mayor of Evansville, Indiana|
|Preceded by||Jonathan Weinzapfel|
June 6, 1960 |
|Alma mater||University of Evansville (B.S.)|
Lloyd Winnecke (born June 6, 1960) is the 34th mayor of Evansville, Indiana. He was elected in November 2011 and his four-year term began January 1, 2012.
Born to Ralph and Shirley in Evansville, Lloyd Winnecke's parents were lab technicians at Mead Johnson. He graduated from Central High School in 1978 and attended the University of Evansville where he received a Bachelor's degree in communications.
For thirteen years prior to running for mayor, Winnecke worked as Senior Vice President and Marketing Director for Fifth Third Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Lloyd spent 17 years in television news, most recently as News Director at WEHT News 25.
Winnecke has held office continuously since shortly after the 1999 city campaign, when he was selected in a GOP caucus to succeed then-newly elected Mayor Russ Lloyd Jr., on the Vanderburgh County Council. In 2002, in a County Council re-election campaign, Winnecke defeated Democrat Chris Walsh by 61-39 percent. Winnecke had a GOP primary opponent in his 2006 council campaign but no Democratic opponent. As a county councilman he spent three years as president and one year as finance chairman.
In 2008 Winnecke sought a County Commissioners seat and was unopposed. He went on to serve as President of that body. As a county official on both the council and the commissioners he balanced budgets for 11 straight years and held per capita spending to 43% below the state average.
Mayor of Evansville
Winnecke's first term as Evansville Mayor began on January 1, 2012. He is only the third Republican to head the City of Evansville since 1955. In his first year in office he fought for, and secured, a state-funded full cloverleaf at one of the city's busiest intersections at the Lloyd Expressway and U.S. Route 41. Making fiscal responsibility a priority, each year in office the Winnecke administration spent less than was approved by City Council. For the 2015 budget he cut city spending to levels 0.5% less than projected inflation.
Winnecke sought to improve city hall's responsiveness through the use of a smartphone app that gives Evansville residents a way to report non-emergency issues to city government. He also initiated the community’s first visioning process, referred to as “VOICE,” which drew more than 3,000 citizens to relay their preferred vision for our city.
In an effort to boost downtown development and conventions Winnecke spearheaded a number of related projects. He successfully championed a downtown location for a new interdisciplinary academic health science education and research campus affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville. In 2013 he also proposed a new 253 room convention hotel adjacent to the Ford Center and Old National Events Plaza. The project included a $7 million subsidy for the hotel and an additional $13 million in public funds for a new parking garage, bridges connecting the hotel, Old National Events Plaza and the Ford Center, and improvements to the Events Plaza. However in December 2014 Old National withdrew from the project and it was delayed until a revised plan with 240 rooms was approved in 2015.
On social issues Winnecke has been ardently pro-life and received an "A+" rating from the Vanderburgh County Right to Life. He has also been a long-time supporter of gay rights issues. Winnecke opposed the state's proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage and expressed concern over Indiana Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana "religious objections" bill, as sending the "wrong message" about the state.
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