FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne City Councilman Jason Arp is considering a run for the mayor’s office.

“I’m one of the few people involved in politics that actually grew up somewhere else,” he told WANE 15. “I get to see what a special place Fort Wayne really is. And so I want to preserve that.”

The 4th District representative shared on his Facebook page Friday that he filed to create an exploratory committee for a campaign for mayor of Fort Wayne.

“It begins,” the post said. It included a photo of Arp holding a state election form.

The Fort Wayne mayor’s race is in 2023.

Arp was elected in November 2015. He is currently serving as Council president.

“By the time the election rolls around, I will have almost eight years of a voting record that people can look at and see that I’ve done what I said I would do,” he said. “When I ran for city council, I ran on a platform of lower taxes, less government and more freedom. And those are the things that I’ve stood for and voted for. A lot of times this may not be popular but to the right things to do.”

According to his City Council page, Arp is the president of proprietary investment company J. Arp & Company, LLC.

If he files to run for the mayor’s office, Arp would face fellow City Councilman Tom Didier in the Republican primary. Incumbent Tom Henry, a Democrat, is seeking an unprecedented 5th term.