Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry celebrates Tuesday at Grand Wayne Center after winning his fourth consecutive term, defeating Republic challenger Tim Smith. Staff photo by Rachel Von Stroup
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry celebrates Tuesday at Grand Wayne Center after winning his fourth consecutive term, defeating Republic challenger Tim Smith. Staff photo by Rachel Von Stroup
In his biggest victory since 2007, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry was elected to another four-year term Tuesday, making him the only mayor in city history to be elected to four consecutive terms in office.

According to unofficial results from the Allen County Election Board, Henry, a Democrat, was elected with 61.21% of the vote. Republican challenger Tim Smith came away with 38.79% of the ballots cast. Henry earned 56.8% in 2015; 49.85% in 2011; and 60% in 2007.

At least two other mayors have been elected to four terms – William J. Hosey and Harry Baals – but neither served all four terms consecutively.

In remarks to the assembled crowd at Grand Wayne Center, Henry thanked Smith for having the courage to run for mayor.

“I realize that this particular campaign was very aggressive and very strong and at times contentious,” Henry said. “But I will not say anything against candidate Smith. He had the courage to step up and run for an office. Not everyone can do that.”

Henry was joined in victory by four Democrats who were elected or reelected to the Fort Wayne City Council: Geoff Paddock, Sharon Tucker, Michelle Chambers and Glynn Hines.

Starting next year, Henry will be working with a City Council comprised of five Republicans and four Democrats, meaning he could be insulated from having any vetoes he might issue over the coming term overturned. Per City Council rules, a veto override requires six votes.

Speaking at Allen County Republican Headquarters downtown shortly after 8 p.m., Smith said he called Henry to congratulate the reelected mayor and offer to help improve the city. Smith thanked God, his supporters and campaign staff and his family for their support during the campaign.

“One loss, politically, means nothing in the grand scheme of things,” Smith said. “It is quite obvious the people of Fort Wayne are very pleased with how things are going.”
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