A candidate for Fort Wayne mayor has been removed from the primary ballot.
The Allen County Election Board on Tuesday found that Republican candidate Matthew McLaughlin failed to correctly fill out his Declaration of Candidacy form. Elections Chief Beth Dlug said McLaughlin left boxes unchecked on the form and he had no voting record in Indiana that affiliated him with a party. He also did not get any kind of certification from the Republican Party chairman that he was a member of the party in good standing, Dlug said.
Due to the errors, the board removed McLaughlin from the ballot.
Candidate David Roach, a Republican, filed the challenge against McLaughlin’s candidacy. He did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Without McLaughlin, the race for Fort Wayne mayor sits at six candidates: three Republicans – Councilman John Crawford, Tim Smith and Roach – and three Democrats – incumbent Tom Henry, Gina Burgess and Tommy Schrader.
The primary election will be held Tuesday, May 7. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.