Mayor Henry: Will He Or Won't He? He Will

By Mary Collins
By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

January 31, 2011 Updated Jan 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM EDT

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

That's what Democratic Mayor Tom Henry wants from voters in the City of Fort Wayne.

Henry announced on Monday that he will run for re-election in 2011.

An incumbent enjoys some real advantages in a local race, and Tom Henry hopes he can use those advantages to celebrate victory come November.

Around 75 supporters showed up at the Bergstaff Place reception hall noontime to cheer the mayor's bid for a second term.

It's the same place he announced his 2007 mayoral run.

He said the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the pain it has caused, "steeled my resolve to build a more competitive city".

Henry says his record of leadership on Harrison Square, the city light lease issue, and city finances justify a vote of confidence to stay on the job.

Mayor Tom Henry/(D) Fort Wayne: " I'm very excited about being mayor, I'd like to serve another four years, I've been very blessed with this opportunity and I'm not quite done yet with some of the things that I'd like to do for the City of Fort Wayne."

Butch Morgan/Indiana Democratic Party: " I think his ability to work with county officials also bodes well for everybody that lives in Fort Wayne. I think he's going to keep a good thing going."

Being the incumbent helps Henry in some ways, but he can't count on that to claim victory in the general election.

In the 1970's, Republican Bob Armstrong lost a re-election bid to Win Moses, and Moses, in turn, lost to Paul Helmke in 1987.

There are three strong republicans seeking that party’s nomination, so hold on for an exciting ride the next nine months.

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