After an election fraught with unusual circumstances, Tom Henry stepped to the podium last night at the Grand Wayne Center to claim the helm of Indiana’s second largest city. Challenging us to not accept less than our true potential as a community and as a city, Henry provided his vision of Fort Wayne’s future to a crowded room of enthusiastic and elated supporters.
The numbers, with 97% of the precincts reporting, gave Henry a 60% total to Matt Kelty’s 40% total. Kelty’s concession was announced by Allen County Democratic Chair, Kevin Knuth, as he introduced Mr. Henry to the crowd as the next mayor of Fort Wayne.
Henry’s election to mayor marks the beginning of a third mayoral term for a Democrat. Mayor Graham Richard announced last fall that he would not pursue a third term as the City’s leader, leading to a search for a Democratic candidate to lead Fort Wayne into the future. In February, Tom Henry stepped forward to take that role.
Although Henry’s opponent , Matt Kelty, suffered from personal and legal issues throughout the campaign, Mr. Henry declined to be drawn into a negative campaign. His conduct throughout the six months was exemplary, proving that a political campaign and debate can be successful without turning to divisive and destructive tactics used by so many politicians at all levels of government.
Tom Henry has accepted the leadership of our City, and I look forward to his vision to not accept less than our true potential. I look forward to a future holding the promise of an invigorated downtown, a new sense of purpose, and a strong vision for our citizens.