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Democrats look to make in-roads on council through competitive at-large race

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Democrats are in “flip” mode, seeking to cut into the GOP majority on city council.

The mayor’s race figures to be highly competitive in 2019.

That could also be the case for the city council at-large contest, where ten candidates are vying for three seats on the fiscal panel.

The top three vote getters from each party in the May Primary advance to the November Election.

The Allen County Democratic Party is optimistic it could take one or two seats that Republicans currently control.

There are high hopes for local businesswoman Michelle Chambers.

She came up just short four years ago, in a bid to snag a council at-large seat.

A surprise addition in this race is long-time Fort Wayne 6th District councilman Glynn Hines.

He originally planned to retire, but after receiving a kidney transplant, improved health convinced him to throw his name in the hat for the city-wide race.

Steve Corona, who has served a record 38 years on the FWCS School Board, is also a late entrant in the contest.

Chambers, an African American woman, emphasizes that council needs to be more inclusive of all points of view.

Hines also expressed concern about the fact council currently has no women, and only one black male along with eight white men who are serving.

Corona says he believes voters can trust his vast experience in local community affairs, to take on tough challenges ahead, like carving out a path forward for Electric Works and other projects.

MaryClare Akers and Curtis Nash are the other two Democrats running for council at-large positions.

Later this week, we plan to profile Republicans running for the three at-large spots.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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