Meet The Fort Wayne Mayor, Clerk & City Council Candidates

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

September 15, 2011 Updated Sep 15, 2011 at 11:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Meet the candidates.

Dozens of political hopefuls gathered Thursday night to explain their political platforms with Fort Wayne's young professionals.

The meet and greet forum was held in anticipation on the City of Fort Wayne General Election which will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

During the forum, Fort Wayne's three mayoral candidates were featured and given the opportunity to answer one question.

"Outside of job creation, what other ways could your administration support young leaders?

Democratic Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Republican Challenger Paula Hughes both gave similar answers.

Both touched on putting young adults in varying positions of leadership to add an unique and needed perspective to Fort Wayne government.

Candidates for City Clerk and most City Council candidates were also in attendance.

Meanwhile, two ideas stood out to young voters, bringing passenger rail to Fort Wayne and downtown development.

Samantha Sawyer is a young professional who lives and works in Downtown Fort Wayne.

"So many of the candidates talked about downtown development," Sawyer said.

"I knew a few of them would but I was pleasantly surprised that the majority of the candidates talked about making downtown better and more of a destination than it is right now," Sawyer continued.

"I was really excited to hear people also talking about potentially doing a river walk or expanding on the fact that Fort Wayne does have three rivers and maybe we should utilize them more to our potential," said Fort Wayne Young Professional Chelsea Pulfer.

Thursday's event was sponsored by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.

YLNI is a local group of young professionals that have made it their cause to attract, develop and retain emerging leaders throughout the Fort Wayne area through community, professional and social engagement.

YLNI has created an in-depth 2011 General Election Candidate Booklet, featuring candidate interviews.

If you want to read the online version, visit the related content section of this story.

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