Mystery City Council Candidate Speaks Out

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A controversial City Council candidate is speaking out against the Allen County Democratic Party for trying to take his name off the ballot.

"They're trying to circumvent the will of the people. And the will of the people was... I got 20% of the vote," said Fort Wayne At-Large City Council Candidate Tommy Schrader.

Party leaders want the election board to remove Tommy Schrader from the November ballot.

"I hope they rule in my favor on Friday so keep me in your prayers Fort Wayne cause I'm the best candidate and I think I can do the best job for the people of Fort Wayne. That's my only concern," continued Schrader.

Schrader won one of the democratic nominations for the council's at-large seats in the primaries despite running virtually no campaign and being out of town for the past couple months.

Democrats do not think he is eligible to run for council because of residency issues.

Schrader says he was just on vacation Green Bay, Wisconsin.

He said Fort Wayne is his home.

Schrader's current residency is at a local hotel and his main goal if elected will be to fight the smoking ban in the city.

"It's like saying Obama is not a resident of the United States.
It's the same thing saying I'm not a resident of Fort Wayne cause I simply am," explained Schrader.

The Allen County Election board could rule of Schrader's eligibility on Friday.

"It's something I've always dreamed about winning an election so it's very gratifying and humbling that the people of Fort Wayne have given me their support and I want to thank them for that," said Schrader.

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