Well, as I thought might happen, Nelson Peters has sold out by settling for a compromise county smoking ban. It would be REAL sweet justice if he lost the mayoral primary despite his backdown on the smoking ban. Alas, the odds of this happening are about a million to one but as Jim Carey said in Dumb & Dumber - "so you're telling me there's a chance!"
Well I suppose you can't win if don't play! Make no mistake, Matt Kelty ran an incredible campaign. For those of you taking notes - THAT is how you run a people-powered grassroots campaign. I'm not endorsing the guy by any means, but you can't help but be impressed by a campaign that had ZERO support from the establishment but took it to them nonetheless. It had a sort of Lamont vs Lieberman feel to it didn't it? A victory for the people is a victory for democracy regardless of party.
The general election is going to be a dogfight. The voters of Fort Wayne will have a distinct choice in who will become mayor and lead this city into the future. Matt Kelty has proven to be a formidable campaigner but the Democratic party is energized and ready to seize the day. If Kelty thinks he's already won the mayor's office then he's got another thing coming. Tom Henry will not make the mistakes Peters' campaign did. He will be methodical, professional and victorious.
Let the games begin..