Mayor Henry Touts Economic Development In Re-Election Bid

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Four more years. Four more years. Four more years.

That was the chant, as Fort Wayne Democratic Mayor Tom Henry gave a re-election speech Wednesday night at the Lantern Reception Hall in Fort Wayne.

Mayor Henry is expected to Tuesday, May 3, primary by a landslide.

However, Henry said he is preparing for a fight in the November general election.

Henry said he is seeking re-election, to continue moving the city forward through tough economic times.

He said his focus has been, and will continue to be economic development.

Henry told Indiana's NewsCenter that not only attracting jobs but keeping jobs from leaving Fort Wayne is key.

Meanwhile, he said moving city government to Citizens Square will make it easier for new businesses to receive permits.

Henry said the move will cut red tape, ultimately creating more jobs.

Indiana's NewsCenter questioned Henry specifically about jobs with the following exchange:

Every candidate says they want to bring jobs to Fort Wayne. Why are you the best candidate to do that?

"Well, I think my record is already spoken for itself," began Fort Wayne Democratic Mayor Tom Henry.

"Just in the last few months, we've brought in companies like Greatbatch, General Mills is looking at us, Franklin Electric is looking at us. I can go on and on," explained Henry.

"A number of companies are now relocating to Fort Wayne. Some of them from just across the county line but they wanna call Fort Wayne their home," continued Henry.

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During his re-election speech, Henry also touted his accomplishments over the last three years as Mayor.

He said, he has maintained a balance budget for three straight years.

He said key city services, like snow removal and garbage and recycling pickup have remained top notch.

In regards to city services, he said under his administration, the city secured a new revenue generating recycling contract, that will bring in more money, as more people recycle.

Henry also told his supporters that he has held spending flat, explaining that the city is on track, to pay down nearly 30% of its debt over the next few years.

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Henry also shared his feelings on being projected to win the primary by a landslide with Indiana's NewsCenter.

Henry said it is good to be the incumbent.

It allows name and face recognize.

However, it also allows opponents to take what he called, "potshots" at him.

Henry said he is looking forward to using his past accomplishments as proof that he should be re-elected.

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Indiana's NewsCenter also asked Mayor Henry about his massive campaign finance fund.

At the last campaign filing, Henry declared more than $600,000 dollars to be at his disposal.

Henry said the money shows people believe he is doing a good job as Mayor, and that voters want him to continue as Mayor.




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