FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The Democratic race for Fort Wayne’s 6th District city council seat was significant, not because of close vote totals, but because of who secured the nomination.
Sharon Tucker won the night with 90% of the vote, making her the first African-American woman to secure a council nomination in Fort Wayne’s history.
She defeated Hakim Muhammad with seven percent and and Tom Cook with three percent.
With no Republican running for the 6th District seat yet, Tucker may very well go unchallenged in the general election.
“I’m the first female to be elected in the seat, and I hadn’t even thought about that, which somebody just shared that with me. So that’s, woo, barrier breaking right there. So I’m happy about that,” Sharon Tucker says.
Tucker is used to breaking barriers.
She’s the only woman — and the only Democrat — on county council right now.
And after winning 90% of the primary vote, she’s poised to become the first African-American woman on city council representing the 6th District on the city’s southeast side.
Republicans aren’t fielding a candidate yet, but Tucker says she won’t rest.
“I still plan on helping to encourage to bring out the votes because we have some Democrats that need to get across the line, and I think that I could be very instrumental in helping their success. If they decide to put up a candidate against me it’s just going to make me work that much harder,” she says.
Tucker says she’s enjoyed her tenure on county council and has learned a lot from the men she serves with, but she wants to help make more of an impact on the lives of her neighbors.
“From the infrastructure, from lack of development, from lack of grocery stores, those are things that they’re looking for change. And although I know that I don’t have that direct power, I do have the ability to create relationships and I have the voice to be able to speak to those people who have that power to help encourage that,” she says.
She wants to help attract the same types of public and private partnerships that have boosted economic growth elsewhere in the city.
“It’s going to be an education on both sides, showing the community how government works and showing private investors the great jewel that exists within the sixth district,” Tucker says.
Democrats have held the 6th District city council seat for at least 40 years.
Republicans have a few months to nominate a candidate to run against tucker in November.