Hines files for City Council At-Large

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Current District 6 City Council member Glynn Hines is one of 10 people seeking an at-large spot on the legislative body, according to candidate filings reviewed by ABC21.

It is an apparent change of heart for Hines, who — along with Mayor Tom Henry — is one of the most prominent Democrats in local government.

Last March, Hines signaled his retirement from politics due to health concerns. He said the early announcement would allow for potential successors to make their plans and begin organizing their campaigns.

“There’s still work to do throughout the entire community,” Hines said in a statement explaining his decision. “I have supported projects all around town, like Electric Works, Riverfront, The Landing, economic development and infrastructure improvements in the entire community. I look forward to continue practicing a culture of servant leadership for four more years.”

Hines said his family supports the campaign.

There are three at-large seats on the Council. One of those seats will change hands this year because Dr. John Crawford has filed to seek the mayor’s office.

Two other incumbents — Republicans Michael Barranda and Thomas Freistoffer — are seeking reelection.

A primary election will pare the field to three nominees for each of the major parties. No third-party candidates filed to run.

Voters will be able to select any three of the nominees, regardless of their party affiliation, in the general election. The top three vote-getters in the general election will hold the at-large posts.

The complete list of candidates for the at-large seats follows.

  • Michael Barranda (R)
  • Thomas Freistroffer (R)
  • Nathan Hartman (R)
  • Eric Tippman (R)
  • Joseph Townsend (R)
  • MaryClare Akers (D)
  • Michelle Chambers (D)
  • Steve Corona (D)
  • Glynn Hines (D)
  • Curtis Nash (D)
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