Henry to ‘address his political future’ next week
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Mayor Tom Henry will “address his political future” next Wednesday afternoon, likely ending speculation on whether he will seek a fifth term in office.
The announcement of the news conference was embossed with a “Henry for Mayor” logo, but did not offer any additional insight into the veteran politician’s plans. The website TomHenryforMayor.org is accessible online, though a biography posted on it dates to his previous campaign. Records show the domain name was re-registered in December 2021.
Henry -- a Democrat -- is set to speak at 4:30 p.m. at the Clyde Theatre.
When he campaigned for a fourth term -- which he won easily in 2019 -- Henry told ABC21 that it would be his last. In recent months, however, he has taken a more contemplative position on running for reelection in 2023.
Fort Wayne Councilman Tom Didier established a lead position among Republicans who might seek the office with an early declaration of his candidacy. Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters signaled his intention as well, but withdrew in April.
Analysts believe potential contenders from the Democratic Party have been waiting to see what Henry will do before entering the race.
Henry is 70 years old and has held the mayoral post since Jan. 1, 2008. He served in a two-decade period prior to that on the Fort Wayne City Council.
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