Election 2015

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we feature an IPFW panel discussion entitled "Voting: Right, Privilege, or Burden?" This discussion was recorded on November 9th in the Helmke Library at IPFW.  The event was moderated by Political Science Professor James, and the panelists were history professor Ann Livshiz and political science professors Andrew Downs and Michael Wolf.  

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The 2015 Fort Wayne general election will feature two longtime public servants at the top of the ticket.

In Tuesday’s municipal primary election for mayor, Democrats overwhelmingly chose incumbent Tom Henry to run for a third term, while Republican voters chose Councilman Mitch Harper by an even wider margin. The two will face each other in November's general election.

Both Harper and Henry had been considered favorites by political watchers, though each had three challengers on the ballot.

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Tuesday is primary election day in Allen County and across the state.  

Indiana made national news last year for its low voter turnout in the general election, which included statehouse and congressional seats.

Voter turnout is historically low for primary elections, and even worse for municipals.

Nationally, municipal turnout wavers around 20 percent. Back in 2011, less than 13 percent of those registered to vote in Allen County showed up at the polls. That’s about twenty four thousand people.

So, what can we expect this time around?

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The biggest pool of candidates in the Fort Wayne municipal primaries comes in the race for three at-large positions on the Fort Wayne City Council.

The at-large race for city council includes a whopping sixteen candidates vying for a total of six nominations. That includes seven candidates for the Republicans and nine for the Democrats.

The race is made even more interesting because two of the three available at-large seats will be vacant, meaning lots of new faces are vying to represent the residents of Fort Wayne.

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.

In Allen County, Plenty of Contested Primaries

May 1, 2015

The Indiana municipal primaries take place Tuesday, May 5th -- a chance for Democrats and Republicans to choose the candidates who will be running for local offices this November.

In Allen County, some races are entirely uncontested, but many should be competitive, especially the seats being vacated by incumbents.

All this week, we've been bringing you snapshots of Fort Wayne’s primary field with the help of Andy Downs at the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

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Voter registration numbers in Allen County continue to climb, but that doesn’t necessarily mean more people will turn up at the polls this year.

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in Indiana’s primary elections. Barry Schust is the Republican board member Allen County’s Voter Registration  office. 

He says more than 261,000 people registered this year – about three  thousand more than last year.

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Tuesday officially announced his candidacy for a third term. 

 

Henry says Fort Wayne has never had a Democratic mayor serve three terms in a row – but he’d like to be the first. He’s seeking re-election for another four-year stint in office.

Henry touts accomplishments the City has seen since he took office seven years ago, including a reduction in overall crime, particularly homicide, an improving unemployment rate, and a significant investment in infrastructure.

Henry Will Seek a Third Term as Mayor

Jan 5, 2015
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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is expected to announce a run for a third term this week.

Allen County Democrats sent out a news release via Twitter Sunday saying Henry would announce his candidacy Tuesday morning at the Bergstaff Place.

Henry took over the office from former Democratic Mayor Graham Richard in 2008.

Before his time in the executive branch, Henry served two decades on Fort Wayne’s City Council.

He isn’t the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring for 2015, however.