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2 Democrats vie for opportunity at city’s 3rd District

April 13, 2019

Democratic voters have a choice this year for their City Council candidates in the 3rd District.

Palermo Galindo, the city’s community liaison, and John Henry, a marketing consultant, are vying for the nomination May 7.

The winner will face either longtime City Councilman Thomas Didier or his Republican opponent, Mike Thomas, in November. 

Galindo said his decision to run for office came after 20 years of experience working as a neighborhood volunteer, community advocate and serving on not-for-profit boards.

Henry believes his marketing experience would serve the city well in promoting the city and area nationally.

Issues facing the city are varied. Galindo cited infrastructure improvements, support for local business development, more well-paying jobs, more work fighting the opioid crisis and homelessness as “constant concerns.” 

Henry said the city “has done a wonderful job of creating programs and solutions to many problems that the average citizen faces,” but he “just wants to make sure that the people understand what all is available to them and how to better get benefits from these programs and solutions.”

Both candidates said they would work to use their strengths in solving the issues. Galindo said “analyzing and unpacking the issue(s) and engaging both the citizens and respective departments and agencies” are key to getting city agencies and departments to use the necessary resources to positively achieve a solution.

“It is imperative to put party affiliation aside and I am committed to work together across party lines to achieve a solution for our citizens,” Galindo said.

Henry, a distant cousin of Mayor Tom Henry, sees Fort Wayne as the business and its citizens, the city’s customers.

“I want to be the customer service representative for the 3rd District. I will create a quick use for social media and a 3rd district web site for distribution of information and input on issues from all people living in the 3rd District,” Henry said.

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