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Forcing fresh blood

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries thinks there needs to be a change in the Fort Wayne clerk’s office.

While it was not surprising to see the Republican on stage supporting fellow Republican Zach Bonahoom’s efforts to unseat Democrat Sandy Kennedy, Fries made it clear change is good for all offices.

In criticizing Kennedy, who has served seven terms as clerk, Fries said he is limited to two terms, and the clerk’s office should have term limits as well.

“I think every office ought to be term limited,” Fries said, noting this brings new people into elected offices.

While the statement was directed at a Democrat, it must be noted several of Fries’ fellow Republicans would be hurt by this rule. For example, City Councilman Tom Smith, R-1st, attended the meeting and is seeking his fourth, four-year term on the council.