Republican mayoral nominee Paula Hughes held an event to cast her ballot on Monday, the first day of early voting.
The event was an effort to encourage early voting – for her, of course – for city residents. The option to vote before Election Day has definitely caught on, with 105 people voting in office on Monday. In 2007, there were 10 voters on the first day, and there were 66 voters on the first day last year, despite it being open to all county voters.
Mayor Tom Henry is expected to vote on Election Day, as has been his tradition, but his campaign is asking early voting be available on the Sunday before Election Day to make it as easy as possible for people to vote.
Joining Hughes early at the polls was Zach Bonahoom, the Republican clerk candidate, who made a somewhat revealing statement on his thoughts on the Republican ticket.
While Hughes not surprisingly said she voted for every Republican on the Fort Wayne ballot, Bonahoom would only commit to voting for himself and Hughes. No word on who he supported for his district council race or the three at-large positions.
It is anyone’s right to vote for who they feel is the most qualified, regardless of party, but it does put a bit of a kink in the local Republican Party’s claim to have a completely united ticket.