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First Fort Wayne City Council meeting of the year makes history

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The first Fort Wayne City Council meeting of the year made history.

City Council - Tucker and Chambers

CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday night was the first Fort Wayne City Council meeting of the decade, however, it was also a historic night. City Councilwomen Sharon Tucker and Michelle Chambers are the first African-American women to join council. Hear from them below:Tune in at 11pm as I'll share more reaction of what this milestone meant to them.

Posted by Louie Tran on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The first Fort Wayne City Council meeting of the year took place at Citizen Square in Fort Wayne. The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Several people attended the meeting including Mayor Tom Henry.

However, Tuesday's meeting was not just a regular meeting, but a historic one. It was the first time two African-American women are on council.

"I feel very proud that our constituents voted me to represent them at large," said Councilwoman Michelle Chambers. "I feel very proud, I worked very hard for the last four years to sit here at the table."

"Tonight is a historic night of having new faces at the table," said Councilwoman Sharon Tucker. "But history doesn't have to stop here. We can create history by working collaboratively together and moving the city forward."

Councilwoman Chambers represents the council at large and Councilwoman Tucker represents the 6th District.

Both Chambers and Tucker tell ABC21 that they are focused on helping the people of Fort Wayne. They said there is still plenty of work to do.

"I do believe people over politics," Chambers said. "It's really about meeting the needs of the people that live here in Fort Wayne."

"If we can figure out a way to work together, that's the history we make," Tucker said. "That's the real history that matters to the community."

If you'd like to contact Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, she can be reached at the following:

  • Office: (260) 348-5946
  • Email: Sharon.Tucker@cityoffortwayne.org

If you'd like to contact Councilwoman Michelle Chambers, she can be reached at the following:

  • Office: (260) 408-5232
  • Email: Michelle.Chambers@cityoffortwayne.org

The City Council Office is located at 200 E. Berry St., Ste. 120 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at ltran@wpta21.com.

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