Latest News On Fort Wayne's Mayoral Campaign Trail

By Scott Sarvay

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Mayoral Candidate Eric Doden announced his plans Monday to attract 1,000 entrepreneurs to the city.

The Republican said too many buildings are sitting empty like the Tokheim Factory, the location where he made Monday’s announcement from.

The three components to his plan include using "angel investment funds" to recruit new businesses, establishing a business-plan competition and a recruitment plan directed at "student" entrepreneurs.

Doden pointed to companies like Sweetwater Sound, Vera Bradley and Fort Wayne Metals, that started locally and now employ thousands of workers.

Also happening in Fort Wayne, a new mayoral candidate has emerged in the race for mayor.

Independent Haley Ahrendt officially tossed his hat in the ring Monday morning.

Ahrendt says his approach to the mayor's office will be about common sense.

He won't solicit or accept campaign contributions and wants to learn the needs of Summit City Hoosiers by going out to meet them.

He says if he wins, a major issue will be how to best use the light lease fund money.

Ahrendt says, “I think a lot of departments and areas could benefit from saving that fund money, putting it away and maybe just enjoying the interest off of it.”

Three republicans are vying for their party's nomination and incumbent Democrat Mayor Tom Henry will run again.

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