Fort Wayne businessman wins Allen County Council seat

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne businessman and real estate agent has been selected to serve as Allen County Councilman for the 4th district.

Chris Spurr beat his opponents Emery McClendon and Apryl Elizabeth Underwood in a caucus held by the Allen County Republican Party Monday night.

“You never know when it’s a caucus vote, but I have been involved in politics for a while now, operating pretty much in the shadows,” said Spurr. 

In the shadows no more, Spurr is now the new representative of the 4th District for Allen County’s Council. Relieved, ecstatic and a great deal of appreciation is how he described his feelings after winning the seat. 

“All of the candidates were well qualified, Allen County would have been well served by any of them,” said Spurr.

Spurr is a small business owner and a constitutional conservative with a focus on public safety and controlling the county’s budget. He unsuccessfully ran for a caucus vote against Senator Justin Busch back in 2016 and unsuccessfully ran against Commissioner Richard Beck. However, Monday night he proved that the third time is a charm.    

18-Precinct committee members of the party met to vote on which candidate they believe is the best fit for the position.

The first round was interesting, ending in a three-way tie. The second round, McClendon was scratched from the ballot after racking in the lowest number of votes.  In the third and final round, it was Spurr taking the victory after collecting 11 votes to Underwood’s 7. 

Underwood, a local attorney, was endorsed by Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine. She would have been the first Black Republican woman to hold a seat on Allen County Council.

“I am who I am, I will allow my record to speak for itself and the statements I have made and the core conservative values I was raised with,” said Underwood. 

McClendon is a conservative Air Force veteran and now a retiree. This was McClendon’s first time running for a political office, but he is no stranger to politics. He has campaigned for Republicans such as Rep. Jim Banks, former Rep. Marlin Stutzman, and Vice President Mike Pence, and has served as a Republican Party convention delegate.

“I support the candidate that won and I think that it is a good choice and we will move on,” said McClendon. “I will continue to work for this community.” 

This seat became vacant after former councilman Larry Brown resigned after he called protesters “uneducated” and said “unfortunately they also breed” during an open meeting.

Spurr will be up for reelection at the end of 2022.

Live interview with Allen County Republican Party’s Chairman:

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