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City councilman Tom Didier announces bid for Fort Wayne mayor

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Tom Didier for Mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Didier has announced his intent to run for Fort Wayne mayor in 2023.

Didier, a Republican, is putting his political plans in place early on.

The theme of his campaign is "put Fort Wayne first."

He believes contentious republican mayoral primary elections in recent times have tended to divide the party, hurting the nominee's chances when they go against the democrat in the General Election.

"Like a welder, I'm trying to weld everything back together. There's pieces of the Republican Party, we've got to bring ourselves all back together as a team and make sure the spot welds are all there and we're getting everybody on the same page," Didier said Friday at the Fort Wayne Firefighters Union Hall, where he confirmed he will seek the GOP nomination two years from now.

First elected in 2003 to serve Fort Wayne City Council's 3rd District, Didier beat out now-mayor Tom Henry in that race.

Didier is the only person who's beat Henry in a local election.

The city's 3rd district councilman has served as council president in 2008, 2013, 2017 & 2020. 

READ MORE: Former Fort Wayne mayors react to a potential fifth term for Mayor Henry

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, a Democrat, is the city's longest-serving mayor, and he's not yet ruling out another run.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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