Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tom Henry for Fort Wayne Mayor

Candidate Brings Solid Experience, Community Commitment and New Energy to Race

Fort Wayne, IN - In the company of family, friends and supporters, Tom Henry today declared his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Ft. Wayne. The announcement was held in the heart of the city at Bergstaff Place, 2020 East Washington Boulevard, Suite 600, a locale that symbolizes Fort Wayne.s proud heritage and its fresh spirit of action.

"It is a good time to call Fort Wayne, Indiana home", stated Henry. "We are a city on the move, a community of people who give their best every day, a front-porch town that understands what it takes to be a world-class competitor. You can sense the momentum. You can see the changes taking place. I know that working together we can continue to build a city full of good jobs, strong neighborhoods and opportunity for every citizen. I am convinced we can do it. And I have the vision and skills to help us succeed. That is why I am running for Mayor".

A nearly lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, Henry has a long record of dedicated public service. From 1984 through 2004, he served on the Fort Wayne City Council as the voice for the 3rd District. A problem-solving legislator, he consistently championed economic growth, neighborhood enhancements and investments in municipal infrastructure and public safety. He earned a reputation for independence, innovation and progressive representation. A vocal advocate for those most in need, Henry is also well known as a proponent of collaboration to advance community goals.

"With credit to the dynamic, fiscally sound leadership of Mayor Graham Richard, we've learned that the best way to attract good jobs is to build a better city", noted Henry. "Thanks to his guidance, we are on the right track. But I believe our community can reach the next level of accomplishment. I intend to keep building. Doing the fundamentals well must remain a priority: job creation and retention, police and fire protection, neighborhood improvements, street, sewer and water repairs, and a more efficient, customer-friendly government that uses every tax dollar wisely. I know what it takes to make government work for you. The bar has been set high, but I know we will be able to exceed it".

With a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Francis, Henry has started and run companies successfully throughout his professional career. He knows the challenges confronting businesses today, the requirements to retain jobs and nurture an expanding local economy.

At present, Henry is President and CEO of the Gallant Group, a local insurance agency. He also has a special appreciation for the demands facing small business owners. His wife, Cindy, is the proprietor of the Green Frog Inn, a landmark neighborhood restaurant and bar.

"I am as committed to creating and keeping good jobs as I am to creating and keeping a high quality of life. Fort Wayne needs both", observed Henry. "These ingredients are the foundation for a vital community. We must strive to achieve a healthy balance as we grow into the future, preserving our character and history, while fearlessly embracing the changes that will promote progress sustainable for generations to come".

Devoted to family and Fort Wayne, Henry is the father of two children and grandparent to two. Along with his wife, he is actively involved in his church, and he volunteers his time with many community organizations.

"I love Fort Wayne, and I am optimistic about what lies ahead. But these are serious times", added Henry. "We have problems and issues that must be addressed through thoughtful discussion and prudent action. We need a leader in our community who has the ability to not only take calculated risks, but who also can see decisions through to the end. We need someone who can work both sides of the political arena, yet not waiver from his principles or ethical foundation. We need someone to take Fort Wayne into a new decade filled with hope, trust and commitment. I stand ready to join you in our quest for Fort Wayne's brighter tomorrow".

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