Fort Wayne mayoral primary one of most expensive in Indiana

Tim Smith and John Crawford are airing attack ads on Fort Wayne airwaves.

Posted: May 6, 2019 8:34 PM
Updated: May 6, 2019 10:35 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There are more than 30 people wanting to represent you at Citizens Square for the next four years.

The most notable race is the one for an office on the fourth floor, mayor.

The Republican primary for Fort Wayne mayor is one of the most expensive primaries in Indiana.

Both candidates are airing attack ads on the Summit City airwaves.

The Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics director, Andy Downs said the match up in of itself is drawing attention.

"We have somebody who has been on city council for a very long time, with a long track record," said Downs. And we have someone who has the profile of what a lot of people say is the new preferred candidate, an outsider, a business person with good experience."

Municipal elections historically have low voter turnout.

Last week, the Allen County Election Board told FOX 55 however early voting this year was up.

Downs said with the negative ads from both Crawford and Smith, you can expect some people to not vote tomorrow.

"They have a tendency to suppress turnout for the middle part of the electorate," Downs said.

He said since the gloves came off in the primary - when the opponent is the same party, you can expect more of the same in November.

"There are some who are concerned that a negative tinged campaign is going to be the method people say is the way to go for every campaign from this point forward," Downs said.

Crawford's mayoral campaign also brought out many people looking to fill his at-large seat on city council.

Between Democrats and Republicans, there are 10 people running for three open spots.

Two on each side currently hold some sort of elected office.

"We are setting ourselves up for what could be a very, very exciting November. Not only in the mayors race level, but also at the city council at large," Downs said.

Tuesday's primary election is only for people living in incorporated communities with elections.

Indiana polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check your voter registration status here.

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