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Thursday, October 03, 2019 11:40 am

GOP councilman's wife supports Henry in latest ad

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The wife of Republican Fort Wayne City Councilman John Crawford has been featured in an advertisement supporting Democratic Mayor Tom Henry's reelection campaign. 

The campaign video, which aired on TV and was posted to the Henry campaign Facebook page, is titled "Republicans for Mayor Tom Henry" and features two Republicans and an independent. One of the Republicans is Marcia Crawford.

In the video, Crawford states that she is supporting Henry "because he works for all parties, making sure the neighborhoods are thriving, businesses are investing and our young people are staying in Fort Wayne, living, working and raising their families here."

Henry is running against Republican Tim Smith in the Nov. 5 general election.

The other two featured in the video are Ryan Neumeister and independent John Dortch, who said Henry is "positive and has a real plan for moving our city forward."

John Crawford said his wife's appearance in the ad was her choice.

"You don't tell modern women what to do. They tell you what they are going to do," he said in an interview Tuesday. "I gave her no direction one way or another; it was her decision."

He added that Marcia feels that the Republican candidate "doesn't have the knowledge or the background to be as good a mayor as the Democrat candidate" and that she is still unhappy with the negativity that emerged during the Republican primary.

Smith's campaign was criticized by John Crawford and his supporters during the primary for what they say was an unnecessarily aggressive and negative tone.

With just over a month until the general election, the outgoing councilman said he has not yet made a decision regarding who he plans to endorse.

dgong@jg.net