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.


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. Jeff Pruitt says:

    It was a heckuva party too!

  2. And what an atmosphere! The excitement, the hope, the anticipation, and the camaraderie were wonderful.

    Onward to 2008!!!!

  3. Pete says:

    Tom Henry’s glowing example of self-respect and civility during the campaign period had some of us scratching our heads. We’re just not used to that kind of behavior in politics. I felt proud of the people of Fort Wayne — I’m not sure that’s an appropriate way to say it, but it’s what I felt, knowing some of them personally — for letting sacred cows out to pasture and voting with conscience for responsible government.

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