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Tom Henry announces fifth bid for Fort Wayne mayor

Tom Henry Reelection
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and wife Cindy embrace moments after announcing Henry's fifth run for mayor, alongside Wayne Township Trustee Austin Knox at the Clyde Theater on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Mayor Tom Henry announced his reelection bid today (Wednesday) at the Clyde Theater. WBOI’s Ella Abbott reports the announcement came after Henry has been keeping his plans on running close to the vest.

In a packed auditorium on the city’s south side, Mayor Tom Henry spoke about what Fort Wayne has been through, both good and bad, during his time as mayor.

“But, through it all, our city has persevered,” he said.

Henry, a Democrat, has served as Fort Wayne’s mayor since 2008, following five terms on Fort Wayne City Council. Now, he’s announced a fifth run for mayor’s office in 2023.

“My hope and my vision have not changed," Henry said. "Therefore, today, I submit my name as a candidate for the democratic nomination for the mayor of the city of Fort Wayne.”

Republican candidate and Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Didier announced his own candidacy in May of 2021. Henry and Didier both represented the 3rd District during their times on city council.

On Henry's reelection, Didier put out the following statement;

"I am looking forward to winning the Republican nomination to run for mayor and offering my vision for where our city can go for the next four years. I have been campaigning on putting Fort Wayne First - putting our families, our neighborhoods and the people of the city first so we can all move forward together. I look forward to learning about Mayor Henry's vision for our community."

Allen County Commissioner and Republican Nelson Peters announced he would be dropping his bid for mayor in April.

Henry’s term as mayor ends in 2024.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.