The Tom Henry for Mayor website is now up and running. It is fairly simple at this time, but I hope (and assume) it will be fleshed out in the next few weeks. And, I mean the next few weeks – the earlier the better. The Tom Henry for Mayor website has a link that states, “Watch this space for Tom’s statements on the issues. They will be posted here as his ideas for the future of Fort Wayne are unveiled.” I absolutely support Tom Henry, and I believe he is, by far and away, the best qualified candidate. However, many voters only have a vague idea of the qualifications and positions of the mayoral candidates.

Last year, Tom Hayhurst’s campaign manager made the decision to slowly release Dr. Hayhurst’s positions beginning late in the summer. Despite several of us who urged early release, Dr. Hayhurst’s positions were held until late in the season. This left too little time for the voter to get a sense of who Tom was and his qualifications for the office of Third District Representative. It also gave precious little time to combat Souder’s relentless campaign of misrepresentations, half-truths, and outright lies about Tom and his positions. I was involved in Tom’s campaign early on, and I, along with many others, watched in dismay as Souder attacked Tom’s character and vision. All of us knew we had a wonderful, knowledgeable, dedicated, and learned candidate who was best qualified for the office. We knew that – but the public needed to know that also.

I hope that Tom Henry’s campaign manager does not make the same mistake and withhold Tom Henry’s positions until it is too late.

Tom Henry for Mayor

Position papers are valuable tools for a campaign, and they should be prepared well in advance. I urge Jason Ascher, Tom’s campaign manager, and Tom to provide Tom’s positions as quickly as possible so that the voting public can see what a truly qualified candidate the Democratic ticket has in Tom Henry.

The voting public (at least those who care enough to vote) want to know about the candidates and their positions – and they want to know sooner than later. Positions on issues need to be provided to the public as soon as possible so that voters can learn about the candidate. Candidates should not be afraid to release positions and to argue and support those positions throughout the campaign.

While this is not a congressional election, it is an election which will determine the future path of Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana, and we need a leader like Tom Henry who will commit to the future of Fort Wayne not one who will take the city backward like Matt Kelty.

Matt Kelty’s website is replete with large words, hollow statements, and self-aggrandizing comments. His website is a work of art as far as smoke and mirrors go. Visit his website and read each of his statements followed by his “Action Plan.” I did, and I felt like the Aflac duck shaking his head in confusion. Many of Kelty’s statements and positions are simply that with no real substance. Smoke and mirrors is a phrase which means “something that distorts or blurs facts, figures, etc., like a magic or conjuring trick; artful deception.” Kelty’s website is pure smoke and mirrors.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. I think Matt’s website ensures that visitors know that Matt feels that the free market rather then Government is the answer for many of Fort Wayne’s economic problems.

    As you pointed out Henry’s website tells us nothing about were he stands. All Henry’s website does is ask for volunteers, ask for money, and tell us about his background. He does not discuss the issues and there is absolutely no substance to his site. I think he should have started with his stances on issues before holding out his hand looking for donations… His site is more concerned with raising money then educating the public and that is sad…

    I certainly want to know where Henry stands on “issues” that matter to Fort Wayne. For example:

    What does he think about Urban sprawl? Whill he combat it? How will he combat it?

    What does he think should be done with the proceeds of the Light Lease?

    What is his plan for the CSO problem?

    What is his plan to deal with Fort Wayne pension shortfalls?

    Is he in favor of the smoking ban as passed in Fort Wayne?

    You get the idea. I know where Matt Kelty stands on each of the above issues; however, I have to guess where Henry stands because he has kept very quiet…

    I am not impressed with the Henry Campaign so far; however, it is early and his campaign may improve.

    Mike Sylvester

  2. Mike:

    Actually, Matt Kelty’s site only addresses the issues in generalities. His answer to everything is less government. I do not see one solid plan for anything other than “less government, less government.” His philosophy is to turn the market forces loose and hope that the city’s problems (as he sees them)will be miraculously resolved.

    His Action Plan for transforming the City is “decrease regulation, decrease the cost of government, allow the private sector to surge ahead.” That is the same as less government – no new ideas here.

    His Action Plan under “Issues, Perceived and Real” is to “address the real issues facing the City such as economic development, jobs growth, improving the infrastructure, reducing crime, and (again) dialing back the reach and cost of government.” When he says address the “real” issues, is he implying that non-real issues have been the focus of the current administration for the last 8 years?

    He mentions delivering “value” for the money. How? His entire website does not give any solutions other than decreasing government. He does throw in noble ideas such as “garage inventors, impassioned citizens, and aspiring writers begetting a new generation of high-tech invention and industry, social justice, and artistic enterprise.”

    You indicate you know where Kelty stands on a number of issues you listed – the CSO, pension funds, urban sprawl, the smoking ban, etc. Where are those positions on Kelty’s website? I printed off the entire list of his Action Plans, and I do not see those issues addressed in any of them.

    How does Kelty feel about subdivision sprawl (not on his website), CSO (not on his website). Would he favor restrictions on the location of subsdivions?

    To simply keep repeating that decreased government is the solution is not an answer. It is a philosophy just as some of us believe that government must step in to ensure civil rights and equal rights.

    Philosophies are one thing; making them a reality is another.

  3. Parson says:

    I hope Tom Henry does put up some info on were he stands on the issues soon. They probably wanted to get a website up as soon as possible so that is why it’s a bit empty. Kelty just scares me with his “bringing true conservitism back to Fort Wayne” billboards. Conservitism = same old status quo.

  4. Charlotte:

    In other words, you know far more about where Matt Kelty stands by reading his website then Tom Henry.

    All you know about Tom is that he needs volunteers and money.

    Mike Sylvester

  5. Mike:

    You are right as to the amount of info on Tom’s site. That is why I made the comments about his site in my post.

    I sat back and watched this happen with Tom Hayhurst last year, and I don’t want to see it happen again.

    The sooner candidates get their positions out, the better. I hope that Kelty decides to “flesh” his positions out so that voters will also be able to tell where he stands -not just that he wants to get government out of our lives.

    As I noted, I do know that he wants to cut government. I don’t care whether it is a Republican or Democrat or Libertarian – voters need to know where candidates stand.

    I will continue to press the issue as to the Henry website.

    By the way – how does Kelty feel about controlling urban sprawl? Our next mayor from whichever party has to be willing to make some tough decisions as to that issue knowing that the construction industry, real estate industry, etc. will be against him.

  6. Charlotte:

    I am not a spekesman for The Kelty campaign so I will ledave it to them to let you know Matt’s position on that issue…

    I agree with you that the Mayor will have some tough decisions to make about urban sprawl. We have got to control sprawl and we have to rein in developers, the zoning department, and the plannning department.

    Mike Sylvester

  7. Jeff Pruitt says:


    You are 100% right in the fact that we cannot sit back and let the Henry campaign make the same mistakes the Hayhurst campaign did.

    I was very vocal with my criticisms towards the Hayhurst campaign and was actually thought to be a closeted Souder supporter by some! Anyone that has actually spoken with me would know how silly that was.

    It’s our party and we need to be heard. I’ve spoken w/ Jason and he seems very accessible and open-minded. I would suggest sending him your thoughts on a regular basis. We have to learn from the mistakes of the Hayhurst campaign and you seem to be in a position to provide positive input…

  8. Michael Lehman says:

    I agree with Charolette Weybright, the sooner he states his position the better! Just look what a mess the Republican party is in now because their candidates didn’t tell us what they really stand for.

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