Northeastern Indiana mayor won’t seek 7th term next year
BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) — One of the longest serving mayors in Indiana says he won’t seek a seventh term next year.
Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis, who was first elected in 1995, announced Monday he will not seek re-election. His current term ends on Jan. 1, 2020.
The 71-year-old Ellis said he was diagnosed in 2012 with Parkinson’s disease, which causes deterioration of the central nervous system and affects motor skills. He says he has been “generally healthy” but knows the disease will progress and he plans to make the most of his retirement years.
Ellis, a Democrat, was unopposed the last time he faced the voters.
John Whicker, a member of the Bluffton Common Council, said over the weekend he would seek the Republican nomination for mayor.