The Journal Gazette
Sunday, September 01, 2019 1:00 am

Public invited to question candidates at forum

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

The Packard Area Planning Alliance will host a candidates forum Thursday night at the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne, 2609 Fairfield Ave.

Residents of the city's historic southwest side will have the chance to ask questions of City Council 5th District and at-large candidates in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

The event is open to the public, and residents are encouraged to ask questions. 

The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by refreshments and mingling with the candidates.

The Packard Area Planning Alliance was established in 2005 as a way for neighborhoods near Packard Park to collaborate to improve quality of life for the area.

Labor union endorsements

The Northeast Indiana AFL-CIO announced Thursday it has endorsed 14 candidates – 13 of them Democrats – in municipal elections on Nov. 5.

The organized labor organization endorsed 10 Democratic candidates in the Fort Wayne election: Mayor Tom Henry, Katie Zuber for city clerk, Misti Meehan for 1st District City Council, John Henry Jr. for 3rd District City Council, Patti Hays for 4th District City Council, 5th District City Councilman Geoff Paddock, Sharon Tucker for 6th District City Council and Michelle Chambers, Steve Corona and Glynn Hines for City Council at-large seats.

Hines currently represents the 6th District, where Tucker is running unopposed. The AFL-CIO made no endorsement for the City Council's 2nd District, where Republican incumbent Russ Jehl is unopposed.

The AFL-CIO also endorsed Democratic candidates Darren Peterson for New Haven mayor, Sarah Payne for Auburn mayor and Tim Schlotter for Kendallville mayor and Republican Dave Funk for the Huntington City Council's 4th District.

Braun to aid Smith

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun will help raise campaign funds for Tim Smith, the Republican candidate for Fort Wayne mayor.

Smith announced Wednesday that Braun, R-Ind., will headline an Oct. 9 fundraiser in Fort Wayne to benefit his campaign.

Smith is challenging third-term Democratic Mayor Tom Henry in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

Smith's fundraiser will be at the Keith Busse Corvette Museum on Eggeman Road.

Ticket prices range from $100 for individuals to $500 for sponsors and $2,500 for hosts.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., was the featured guest at an Aug. 2 fundraiser for Smith in Fort Wayne.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column

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