Council field fills as 10 seek election
Ten candidates for Fort Wayne City Council at large have filed paperwork with the Allen County Election Board for the May 7 primary election, including a longtime Fort Wayne Community Schools board member and three sitting City Council members.
Friday was the last day to file candidacies for the state’s primary municipal elections.
In a surprise move Friday, Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, filed to run for one of the three open at-large seats. Hines, who recently underwent kidney transplant surgery, previously said he would not seek another term as the city’s 6th District councilman.
Hines is one of five Democrats seeking three available at-large seats.
“There’s still work to do throughout the entire community,” Hines said in a statement. “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.”
Democrats Sharon Tucker, Tom Cook and Hakim Muhammad are running for the 6th District seat currently occupied by Hines.
Councilman Michael Barranda, R-at large, also announced his re-election campaign Friday. Barranda is currently finishing his first term as a City Council member.
“When I ran for City Council four years ago, I knew that it would be a difficult task in this political climate to try and bring sides together to make our community better,” Barranda said in a statement. “I have learned a lot during my tenure. There’s still a lot of work to do; and I’m committed to doing just that.”
In an interview Friday, Barranda said he wants to focus on working with the city administration and opening better lines of communication.
“Right now it’s so one-sided, especially when it comes to budget issues,” Barranda said. “That’s one thing I hope we can agree is that we can do a better job moving forward.”
First appointed to the school board in 1981, board Vice President Steve Corona will run for an at-large City Council position as well. He is running as a Democrat.
“Economic growth increases the value of our city and that in turn benefits all citizens,” Corona said in a statement. “I want to support the amazing progress our city has made. Full steam ahead!”
Corona is a Gary native who moved to Fort Wayne in 1972. The other at-large candidates are Republicans Nathan Hartman, Eric Tippmann, and Joseph Townsend, and Democrats MaryClare Akers, Michelle Chambers and Curtis Nash.
Seven candidates are running for mayor, including Democratic Mayor Tom Henry, as well as fellow Democrats Gina Burgess and Tommy Schrader. Republican mayoral candidates are Council President John Crawford, businessman Tim Smith, Matthew McLaughlin and David Roach.
Others who filed Friday:
• Mike Thomas, Republican: Fort Wayne City Council District 3
• Jeffrey D. Smead, Republican: Grabill Town Council