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POLITICAL RADAR: The Race for Mayor

The Mayoral Contest

Fort Wayne voters must decide whether to grant Mayor Tom Henry a fourth term in office or start anew with challenger Tim Smith. Early voting began on Oct. 8 and continues through Nov. 4. The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Both candidates agreed to an in-depth interview with ABC21 News anchor and Political Radar host Brien McElhatten. We asked each to choose the location for our conversation about the issues and their plans for the City.

Tom Henry (D) – Incumbent

The native Fort Wayne resident is a graduate of Central Catholic High School with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Saint Francis. Outside of his time in local government, he has been CEO of a group purchasing organization serving hospitals and has run his own small business. Henry served on the Fort Wayne City Council from 1983-2003 and was first elected mayor in 2007. He told ABC21 a fourth term in that office would be his last.

COMPLETE CONVERSATION: Watch our full interview with Tom Henry below

Tim Smith (R) – Challenger

Smith is a business executive whose roots in northeast Indiana date to 1972, when his family relocated to New Haven. He received an undergraduate degree from IPFW (now Purdue University Fort Wayne) and a law degree from Indiana University’s School of Law in Indianapolis. Smith has held a variety of executive positions at MedPro Group, which he says is the world’s largest healthcare liability insurance company. His current role is Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology.

COMPLETE CONVERSATION: Watch our full interview with Tim Smith below

How to Vote

Municipal elections will be held on Nov. 5. Only voters living within the city limits may vote in the Fort Wayne mayoral race.

Click here to find your polling place
Click here to review a sample ballot
Click here for information on early voting (through Nov. 4)

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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