FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The female gender will be well represented in next year's race for Fort Wayne mayor.
Two women are now fighting for a seat that's always been filled by the opposite sex.
The latest entry, City Council Member At-Large Liz Brown, is no stranger to Fort Wayne politics.
The republican is finishing up her third year on council.
She says that time in public service convinced her she could do a better job steering Fort Wayne back to prosperity than current mayor Democrat Tom Henry.
Brown told supporters at Republican Party Headquarters on Thursday, she would run on a platform of economic development, job growth, and cutting red tape in local government.
She specifically criticized Henry for backing a pay raise for city workers this year, which she believes sent a bad message during the lingering recession.
Liz Brown/(R) Ft. Wayne Mayoral Candidate: " He doesn't get it, he's not listening to the constituents, and that's why so many people got thrown out of Congress, good, bad and indifferent, this last mid-term."
Jerry Dahm/Supports Brown for Mayor: " She's a battler, she's competitive, and she won't back down. And she'll tackle the tough issues."
County Council President Paula Hughes has been laying the groundwork for a mayoral challenge for better than a year.
She formally announced her candidacy in September.
Political newcomer Eric Doden is exploring the idea, and there are rumblings that City Council Member Mitch Harper could join the race as well.
In his case, probably no official decision will be made until January.
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