The Journal Gazette
Sunday, September 15, 2019 1:00 am

Leaders group mayoral debate set for Sept. 25

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana will have a Fort Wayne mayoral candidates debate this month.

The debate between Democratic Mayor Tom Henry and Republican challenger Tim Smith will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Grand Wayne Center downtown. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall-style debate will allow each candidate an opportunity to share his vision for Fort Wayne while focusing on questions and topics that are of interest to the community's young leaders, according to the organization.

People wishing to attend must register and have a ticket, as space will be limited. Those interested in attending may register online at

Democrats to host AG hopeful

The Allen County Democratic Party has announced that state Sen. Karen Tallian of Portage will be the keynote speaker at its annual dinner this month.

Tallian announced recently that she will seek the Democratic nomination for Indiana attorney general in the 2020 election.

The Allen County Democratic Party's annual dinner will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Ceruti's Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd.

State Republicans set convention

Indiana Republicans will hold their 2020 biennial convention in Indianapolis. The convention will bring 1,800 Hoosiers together in the state's capital city.

“Under the leadership of Governor Holcomb and Republicans across the state, we are Putting People First,” Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, said in a statement. “Republicans are delivering new jobs, record infrastructure investment and exciting new opportunities for all Hoosiers, which will be on full display next year from our state convention in Indianapolis to communities throughout Indiana.”

Official activities at the Indiana Republican State Convention will be June 20 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Convention delegates, who will be elected from each county during the May 2020 primary, will vote to nominate next year's Republican candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Activities for delegates will also be planned for June 19.

Firefighters' PAC backs Keesling

The Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 124 Political Action Committee has endorsed Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling for re-election.

The PAC said in a statement that Keesling, a Republican, “has done an excellent job in her position as city clerk” and “has brought integrity and transparency to the clerk's office.”

Keesling is challenged in the Nov. 5 municipal election by Democrat Katie Zuber.

Braun taps commissioner

Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown has been named to U.S. Sen. Mike Braun's Indiana Transportation & Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Brown, a Republican, is among 25 council members, and the only member from northeast Indiana, who will advise Braun, R-Ind. The council will offer input on highway construction and maintenance, public works, environmental policy, pollution, fisheries and wildlife, solid waste disposal and recycling, and regional economic development.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column. 

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