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Hines reverses course on Council exit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Almost a year after he decided not to run for reelection, District 6 City Council member Glynn Hines will seek one of three at-large spots on Fort Wayne’s legislative body.

Hines is one of 10 people who filed to fill the three at-large positions. Five are Republicans — including two incumbents; the rest are Democrats.

No third-party candidates will be on the ballot.

Last March, Hines said he would not run for another term as the District 6 representatives. He is completing his fourth term in that role.

Hines said health concerns factored heavily into the decision, but in a statement on Friday, he made no mention of health matters.

“There’s still work to do throughout the entire community,” Hines said in a statement. “I have supported projects all around town, like Electric Works, Riverfront, The Landing, economic development and infrastructure improvements in the entire community. I look forward to continue practicing a culture of servant leadership for four more years.”

One of the three at-large seats will have a new occupant. Current Council member Dr. John Crawford, a Republican, is running to unseat Mayor Tom Henry.

A primary election will pare the field to three nominees for each of the major parties. Voters will be able to select any three of the nominees, regardless of their party affiliation, in the general election.

The top three vote-getters in the general election will hold the at-large posts.

The complete list of candidates for the at-large seats follows.

  • Michael Barranda (R)
  • Thomas Freistroffer (R)
  • Nathan Hartman (R)
  • Eric Tippman (R)
  • Joseph Townsend (R)
  • MaryClare Akers (D)
  • Michelle Chambers (D)
  • Steve Corona (D)
  • Glynn Hines (D)
  • Curtis Nash (D)

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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