Neighborhoods central to Paddock’s re-election bid

January 15, 2019

Two more candidates have filed paperwork with the Allen County Election Board for the 2019 municipal election.

Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, officially opened his re-election campaign Monday. Paddock was first elected in 2011 and is serving his second term as a city council member. 

“It has been an honor to work with Mayor Tom Henry and my colleagues on the city council for the past seven years,” Paddock said in a statement. “Thanks to the leadership and guidance of Mayor Henry, Fort Wayne is poised for strong economic growth in the years ahead. I want to play an active role in efforts toward economic development for downtown and more infrastructure improvements for our neighborhoods.” 

Although Paddock’s district encompasses all of downtown Fort Wayne, he said it’s important not to forget the city’s neighborhoods, of which there are 45 in the 5th District.

In an interview Monday, Paddock said he plans to work more proactively with area leaders to identify projects in many of those neighborhoods.

He pointed to Electric Works and the Clyde Theatre as two major projects that benefit neighborhoods in his district. 

“I want to work on more of those, particularly identifying them in areas like East Central and also West Main Street and the Nebraska neighborhoods and others,” Paddock said. 

As of Monday afternoon, Paddock did not have a primary challenger. 

The other candidate who filed Monday is Cynthia Barhydt, who is running for Grabill clerk-treasurer. 

Candidates have until noon Feb. 8 to officially declare their campaigns with the election board.