Right now, the nine-member Fort Wayne City Council is an “all-male” affair.
But two women running for city council at-large on the Democratic Party ticket in the upcoming May 7th primary hope to provide some gender diversity on the fiscal panel.
“We have a lot of men at the table, we have a lot of Caucasians at the table,” said MaryClare Akers, who wants a seat on city council partially to give a stronger voice to groups in the city she believes aren’t getting heard at the moment.
Akers is executive director of the Allen County Drug and Alcohol Consortium.
She has an extensive history in social work, and feels like citizens from lower educational backgrounds and income levels too often are forgotten when government panels like city council sit down to do business.
“I think having an understanding and openness to the different populations that we serve is important to be represented at the table, and I don’t feel like it’s represented now,” she said.
Akers is a newcomer to this process.