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Henry launches bid for third term

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Democratic two-term Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry officially launched his re-election bid Tuesday morning before a crowd of supporters.
So far the only other person to officially announce their candidacy is Republican Mitch Harper.
During his announcement at Bergstaff Place, Henry cited many of what he considers to be his accomplishments:
  • Completion of the Harrison Square downtown development (Parkview Field, Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and The Harrison)
  • Light Lease Settlement between the City of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power
  • Creation of the Legacy fund to provide catalytic investment, leverage additional resources, and benefit residents. The fund is expected to grow to nearly $100 million at the end of 2025.
  • Purchase of Aqua Indiana’s southwest water utility
  • Ash Skyline Plaza downtown development project
  • Fort Wayne is a leader in economic development. Since 2011, 104 companies have expanded, 16 new companies made Fort Wayne home, 101,000 jobs were retained, 5,100 jobs were created, and there was a total private investment of more than $960 million.
  • A commitment to public safety, which has included multiple academy classes for the Fort Wayne Police and Fire departments, enhanced technology, and a 70% reduction in the number of homicides in 2014
  • The first-ever Riverfront Development Study will be presented to the public in February
  • The successful merger of Fort Wayne and Allen County 911 communications services
  • Expansion of the 311 call center to provide efficient and effective services to residents and businesses
  • The SmartGov initiative, using new methods and technologies to make government more open, effective and responsive
  • Creation of the Fiscal Policy Group that resulted in additional funding for more police officers and firefighters, maintenance projects throughout the Parks and Recreation system, and a record amount of infrastructure improvement projects in all four quadrants of the City that totaled over $20 million in 2014.
“I envision a Fort Wayne where we’re committed to engagement, innovation, and performance to be a leader in providing excellent services,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re making a name for ourselves. I want our City to be a destination place where other communities compare themselves to us. We must keep going. We can’t stop and be passed by. We’re working together to make a meaningful difference to move Fort Wayne forward in a positive direction.”
Henry served as a Fort Wayne City Councilman from 1984-2003 and according to a press release issued by his campaign, he began his career in the private sector as CEO of a group purchasing organization serving hospitals. He then went on to become a successful small business owner of a local insurance agency and healthcare consulting firm.
A 1970 graduate of Fort Wayne Central Catholic High School, Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his MBA from the University of Saint Francis and served his country in the United States Army.
Henry is married to Cindy Henry and has two grown children and two grandchildren.


Mayor Tom Henry Officially Announces He'll Seek Third Term

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive
By Jeff Neumeyer

January 6, 2015Updated Jan 6, 2015 at 5:39 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) --"I am ensure we continue to strive for greatness."
Democrat Tom Henry used those words Tuesday, in describing why he will seek a third term as mayor of Fort Wayne.
The mayor could make history in this campaign.
No other Democrat has ever been put in charge of city hall three consecutive terms, something Henry can achieve with a win in November.
Better crime numbers are part of why he thinks his job performance warrants four more years.
“In 2014, our overall crime rate was down 14 percent. Burglaries were down 25 percent, and homicides down 70 percent, not every community can say that.”
He sounds like a candidate, because he is a candidate yet again.
Henry stood before a crowded room of supporters at the Bergstaff Place reception hall late morning, citing robust downtown development and an improving job picture as reasons why he's the right choice in the 2015 mayor's race.
"Fort Wayne is on the move, more and more companies are looking to Fort Wayne to re-locate, to ask their employees to pack up and move to Fort Wayne because we have a quality of life," Henry said.
Attorney Andrew Boxberger moved back to the city in 2006, shortly before Henry was elected to his first term.
"Everything I've seen since then under his administration with downtown economic development has been tremendous," Boxberger said.
The incumbent's worst enemy might well be the electorate's restlessness for change.
Does Henry worry voters will opt for somebody else, to shake things up?
"That's something you certainly have to look at as far as a challenge, but what I'm hoping is, the citizens of Fort Wayne realize the amount of progress we've made in Fort Wayne over the past seven years."
"Now is no time to turn back, now is no time to change the team, I think it's time to keep the momentum going," said 5th District city council member Geoff Paddock, who attended the campaign kick-off event.
Henry appears to have competition from within his own party.
One-time city police officer John Roberson has a web site, urging voters to elect the self-professed conservative Democrat as the next mayor, with a highlighted phrase, "People not Party 2016".
4th District city council member Mitch Harper has publicly revealed his intentions to run for mayor on the Republican ticket.



Mayor Tom Henry Officially Announces He'll Seek Third Term
Created by kblakeslee on 1/6/2015 12:33:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It's official, Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday afternoon, that he's seeking his third term as Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne.

Mayor Henry was joined by a crowd of supporters at Bergstaff Place near downtown Fort Wayne as he declared his re-election. He also took the time to discuss his vision for Fort Wayne's future.

"I continue to be encouraged by the impressive progress we're experiencing in our City," said Mayor Henry. "We're moving in the right direction. I want to continue to serve as your Mayor so we can finish the proactive efforts that we've led to enhance job and business growth, revitalize our downtown, build strong neighborhoods, and provide the quality of life amenities that make our community unique and attractive."
He also talked about the progress being made in the Summit City and about some the challenges that city has faced, including crime and unemployment.
"I envision a Fort Wayne where we're committed to engagement, innovation, and performance to be a leader in providing excellent services," said Mayor Henry. "We're making a name for ourselves. I want our City to be a destination place where other communities compare themselves to us. We must keep going. We can't stop and be passed by. We're working together to make a meaningful difference to move Fort Wayne forward in a positive direction."
A Fort Wayne native, Henry has been mayor of Indiana's second-largest city since 2008.

"I believe in the City of Fort Wayne. I appreciate the dedication and commitment that I see each day from residents, business owners, young professionals, and the growing and thriving education system in our community," said Mayor Henry. "I am running for Mayor to ensure we continue to strive for greatness. We have so much going for us right now as we continue to build on our accomplishments as a national leader in setting the pace as a model City."


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Mayor Henry announces re-election bid

Photo by Sheryl Krieg  Mayor Tom Henry announced he is seeking re-election for a third term as mayor of Fort Wayne in front of family, friends and political supporters Tuesday morning at Bergstaff Place.
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    Mayor Tom Henry announced he is seeking re-election for a third term as mayor of Fort Wayne in front of family, friends and political supporters Tuesday morning at Bergstaff Place.
    Citing economic growth, lower crime rates and downtown development projects under his leadership as reasons for the bid, Mayor Henry said no Democratic mayor has ever won a third re-election bid. "I would like to be the first," he announced before the crowd.
    Accomplishments Henry has completed during his tenure include completion of Harrison Square, the City Light lease settlement between the city and Indiana Michigan Power, creation of the Legacy fund, the purchase of Aqua Indiana's southwest water utility, the Ash Skyline Plaza development project, the merger of Fort Wayne and Allen County 911 communications services, expansion of the 311 call center and the SmartGov initiative to make government more responsive.
    Henry was particularly optimistic about Fort Wayne's economic future, citing BAE's decision to stay in Fort Wayne. He said $20 million will be devoted to improving roads and build up neighborhood infrastructure this year and next. He also said he plans to develop more walking and biking trails for a fitter Fort. Currently, Fort Wayne has about 80 miles of trails, and he would like to expand to 100 miles. "No other city is near that," he said.
    He said his commitment to public safety has helped reduce the number of homicides 70 percent in 2014.

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    Henry to seek third term as mayor

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      Tom Henry is expected to seek a third term as Fort Wayne's mayor this year. Less than two weeks ago, the Democrat told The News-Sentinel that he needed to pray and talk with wife Cindy before deciding whether to run again, but the Allen County Democrat Party has notified supporters of "special campaign announcement" on Tuesday.
      City Councilman Mitch Harper, R-4th, is the only announced Republican mayoral candidate to date. Businessman and Indiana Conservatives Election PAC Executive Director Jason Arp has announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for the seat to be vacated by Harper, and Custom Art Screen Printing owner Teresa Sutton will announce her candidacy as a Republican at-large council candidate this week.


      January 07, 2015 1:03 AM

      Mayor makes it official: He plans to seek a third term

      Dave Gong The Journal Gazette

      The so-called “worst-kept secret in Fort Wayne” is officially no longer a secret. 
      In front of a crowd of city officials and Democratic Party supporters at the Bergstaff Place on Tuesday morning, Mayor Tom Henry formally announced that he is seeking a third term as mayor of Fort Wayne. If elected, he will be the first-ever Democratic mayor to hold the office in Fort Wayne for three consecutive terms. 
      “A three-term Democratic mayor has never been achieved in our city. We’ve never had a Democratic mayor serve three terms in a row,” he said. “I would like to be the first.”
      The last mayor to serve three terms in Fort Wayne was Republican Paul Helmke, who was mayor from 1988 through 1999.
      Focusing on the city’s advancements of the past four years in areas such as public safety, job growth, downtown development, riverfront development and neighborhood infrastructure improvements, Henry said he’s seeking another term because he wants progress to continue. 
      “It’s because of that momentum and vision and excitement we’re all experiencing now in Fort Wayne that I ask all of you to allow me to run for a third term as mayor of the city of Fort Wayne,” he said. 
      Henry’s announcement came after a news release sent late Sunday through Twitter that all but announced the mayor’s decision two days ahead of the formal event. 
      “I love social media, I think it’s a great way to communicate in real time,” Henry said Tuesday. “But sometimes, social media, it can kind of ruin surprise birthday parties, it can ruin political announcements. But that’s OK, I’ll accept that.” 
      Members of Allen County’s Democratic Party said they were encouraged Tuesday by the mayor’s announcement. Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, said he’s confident in the mayor’s prospects this election season and is looking forward to working with Henry for the next four years. 
      “I think the most important thing is how well Fort Wayne is going forward, and it’s largely thanks to his leadership and the programs he’s put together,” Paddock said. “It would be unfortunate for Fort Wayne to move backwards, so I support him.”
      John Court, chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party, said he believes Henry’s announcement will generate some momentum for the Democrats heading into primary season. 
      “I know there were some folks waiting to take a look and see what (Henry) was doing, so I think he’s definitely more than likely cleared the field and is looking to deliver a victory in the fall,” Court said. 
      Henry is not the only contender for the mayor’s office. Councilman Mitch Harper, R-4th, has said he will seek the office as well.
      The filing period for the 2015 municipal election starts today and runs through noon Feb. 6. During this time, any candidate can put their name forward in bids for city clerk, the nine City Council seats or the mayor’s office.


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