Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry made it official Monday: he's seeking a fourth term.
He announced his candidacy for the May 2019 Democratic primary before a standing room-only crowd minutes north of downtown at a Franklin School Park pavilion decorated in blue and yellow.
Fort Wayne City Councilman John Crawford announced his candidacy for the Republican mayoral bid in April. He is expected to face businessman Tim Smith in the primary.
Mayor since 2008, Henry said he isn't ready to leave the leadership position. If re-elected, he would be the city's first mayor to serve four consecutive, four-year terms, according to a press release.
For about 10 minutes, Henry spoke of the city's accomplishments and accolades in the last decade. Fort Wayne's progress is one most cities would envy, he said.
“The citizens of this community mean more to me than anything because without you believing in our mission, without you believing in where we want to take our city, we have no city,” Henry said. “And that's the reason I'm standing before you again today because I truly believe that we've only just begun.”