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Three Primary Candidates Challenging Henry for Mayor

Fort Wayne’s Democratic primary race for mayor features four candidates this year, including the incumbent, Mayor Tom Henry.

Henry is seeking a third term as Fort Wayne’s mayor, but he’ll face competition for the nomination.

Two-term Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson is challenging Henry on a platform of talent retention and refocusing the city’s development efforts.

Meanwhile, candidate Tom Cook says he wants to focus on neighborhood development and creating opportunity for lower-income residents.

Perennial candidate David Roach is also running as a Democrat this year.

Henry has helmed the city for two terms – focusing on downtown development, securing the Legacy fund, and the Aqua Indiana purchase, among other things.

Andy Downs at the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics says that – like Mitch Harper on the Republican side – Henry is the presumptive favorite here.

“I think people who are betting on it…are still betting on Henry and Harper, but each of them has a little something to think about in their primary,” Downs said.

Registered voters can cast their primary ballots on May 5th.

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