Political Notebook

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Crawford has skills

Fort Wayne City Councilman John Crawford, R-at large, is well known for his love of numbers.

His command of arcane financial detail is not often rivaled, and his use of charts and graphics to display those numbers is legendary.

So it was no surprise that he was first to speak at a news conference Wednesday where he and two other Republican city councilmen, Mitch Harper, R-at large, and Russ Jehl, R-2nd, were giving their ideas on the city budget.

But Crawford is also humble.

"It was these two guys' idea to have the news conference," Crawford explained. "But I was appointed as the wonk."

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