Three Primary Candidates Challenging Henry for Mayor

May 1, 2015

Fort Wayne’s Democratic primary race for mayor features four candidates this year, including the incumbent, Mayor Tom Henry.

Henry is seeking a third term as Fort Wayne’s mayor, but he’ll face competition for the nomination.

Two-term Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson is challenging Henry on a platform of talent retention and refocusing the city’s development efforts.

Meanwhile, candidate Tom Cook says he wants to focus on neighborhood development and creating opportunity for lower-income residents.

Perennial candidate David Roach is also running as a Democrat this year.

Henry has helmed the city for two terms – focusing on downtown development, securing the Legacy fund, and the Aqua Indiana purchase, among other things.

Andy Downs at the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics says that – like Mitch Harper on the Republican side – Henry is the presumptive favorite here.

“I think people who are betting on it…are still betting on Henry and Harper, but each of them has a little something to think about in their primary,” Downs said.

Registered voters can cast their primary ballots on May 5th.