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Claude M. Spilman Jr. to John Walls, February 10, 1968

In this letter to John Walls (who served as Deputy Mayor and Executive Director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee), Claude Spilman (GIPC member) encourages the Lugar administration to consider the potential of consolidating city and county government and suggests the formation of a task force on the topic. Spilman acknowledges that Republican elected officials stood to benefit from combining the city and surrounding suburban voting areas (with their larger Republican voting blocs) into a single governmental area. Although a Democrat, Spilman volunteers to work with Mayor Lugar to explore the potential of combined metropolitan government.