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Henry not ruling out another run for mayor

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Long-time Republican Fort Wayne city councilman Tom Didier, on the right, is expected to formally announce this week a run for mayor in the 2023 city election.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Mayor Tom Henry is not ruling out a bid for a fifth term.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Henry, through his campaign, told ABC21 that "all options" were on the table.

"The City of Fort Wayne has achieved several major successes in recent months," he said in response to our inquiries. "As your Mayor, and with the bipartisan support of many, we are poised to continue that unprecedented momentum.

"I am well aware that no person has served five terms as Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne. While it would be an honor to serve a fifth term as Mayor, no decisions have been made and all options remain open as to my political future."

In 2019, Henry, a Democrat, told ABC21 that he was not considering another run.

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His statement comes two years in advance of the election, but already the race is beginning to take form.

Tom Didier, a Republican, has served as a City Council member for years. He is expected to launch his bid for the mayor's office this week.

Didier will reveal his future plans in politics at a news conference Friday.

He was not willing to go on the record Wednesday to speak about what those plans are, but Allen County's Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine did speak with us and left little doubt about what Didier is aiming for.

"Tom is completely focused on winning the mayoral election in 2023. There's an old adage that says fail to plan, plan to fail and Tom is definitely planning ahead. He's putting together a group of supporters that are superstars in our local Republican Party," Shine said.

At the same time, election board member Tim Pape, a Democrat who once served on City Council, told ABC21's Jeff Neumeyer that he is exploring a run of his own.

This story is developing.

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Brien McElhatten

Brien McElhatten anchors the evening weekday newscasts at ABC21. He also hosts and produces the ABC21 Daily podcast.

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