Allen County Republicans better hope attendance at Wednesday's lunch club isn't indicative of the excitement over the party's ticket this year.
About 20 people made it to GOP headquarters for the 11:30 a.m. luncheon, which featured KFC chicken, biscuits and sides. Only three candidates for Fort Wayne office made an appearance: Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, Tom Freistroffer, running at-large, and Zach Bonahoom, running for clerk.
Former councilman John Crawford co-sponsored the event, but did not attend. His campaign's political director did speak and noted Crawford was out of town. Crawford is running for an at-large council position. Neither mayoral nominee Paula Hughes nor her campaign manager attended the event. Bonahoom was the event's other co-sponsor.
Attendance was so light Didier felt compelled to ask about it during his remarks – each candidate for office was permitted to speak. He was told the events usually draw about 40 people, but can range from 25 to 80.