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Henry announces bid for 4th term as Fort Wayne mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Tom Henry wants to continue working for Fort Wayne.

Henry will seek his fourth term as Fort Wayne mayor in 2019, his campaign announced Monday. An official announcement will be held later Monday afternoon at Franklin School Park along St. Mary’s Avenue.

A fourth term would be unprecedented in Fort Wayne.

Henry said he would focus on "public safety, neighborhood improvements, good stewardship of taxpayer money, and a continuation of the economic prosperity" during a fourth term, should it happen.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made over the past decade to showcase Fort Wayne as the country’s best mid-sized city by nearly every measure,” Henry says. “But we still have work to do. I want to see through completion the exciting economic initiatives we’ve begun, while also concentrating on quality of life issues that have made Fort Wayne a sought-after destination to live, work and play.”

City Councilman John Crawford and Fort Wayne businessman Tim Smith have both declared their intentions to seek the Fort Wayne mayor's  office as Republicans. Henry is a Democrat.

Crawford said Henry has done pretty well as mayor, but thinks his new idea can bring some needed change to the city. 

"I've been knocking on doors and people think after 12 years it might be time for a change and for some new blood," Crawford said. 

He wants to trim costs for city government, fight the opioid crisis from a new angle and hire more police. 

Smith, who's an executive for insurance company MedPro, wants to make Fort Wayne a nationally recognized economy with more high paying jobs. 

"I think we're poised to go to the next level economically but we need an outsider with executive business experience to take us where we need to go," he said. 

The mayor questioned if Smith has the experience to handle the job of mayor, seeing that he's never served in office. As for Crawford saying it's time for a change, Henry said that's not necessary. 

"You make a change when it's necessary to make a change and I don't think that right now our city is necessary to make a change," he said. "We instead need to capitalize on what we've been doing and continue the momentum and continue doing what we've been doing. We need to stay the course because so far, it's served us well."

Candidates can officially begin filing in January.

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