A source close to Liz Brown told FOX Fort Wayne she'll announce she will run for Mayor on Thursday. She'll be the 2nd candidate to officially announce. But there are others expected to jump in.
Republican Liz Brown currently serves on City Council, and is a frequent critic of the Henry administration. She unsuccessfully ran for Mark Souder's empty congressional seat back in May.
We spoke with current republican Mayoral candidate, Paul Hughes. Republican Hughes declared her intent to run for mayor public back in September. Hughes is the President of County Council. She says Brown entering the race won't change her campaign.
Hughes says “My campaign is all about the fact that I'm a proved conservative leader. The things I've accomplished on county council. The things I've accomplished while running the Chamber of Commerce and in business. And things I accomplished at the Down Town Improvement District. I've got all these different areas of expertise that I bring together. That's pretty compelling for people as I talk to them. So it doesn't change my campaign at all.”
Fort Wayne business man Eric Doden could also soon announce he's running. He developed an exploratory committee to help him decide if he should run. A member of that committee told FOX Fort Wayne Doden will likely announce early next year.
Still no word if Mayor Tom Henry if he will run for re-election. Political Analyst Andy Downs says he expects Henry will be opposed if he runs.
A source within the Republican Party say Mitch Harper will also run for the spot. FOX Fort Wayne called Harper today, but he would neither confirm no deny a possible run.
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