Republican primary for Fort Wayne mayor turns negative

Tim Smith recently released a political ad attacking John Crawford and his votes for tax increases over the last 20 years claiming the city is worse off because of it.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 10:04 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2019 8:40 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Before you decide a Republican nominee for Fort Wayne's mayor, one candidate is taking swings at another.

Tim Smith recently released a political ad attacking John Crawford and his votes for tax increases over the last 20 years claiming the city is worse off because of it.

Crawford said he's not the only one voting on those increased taxes and fees.

They were all approved with a Republican majority on city council.

This comes as both candidates say the party needs to unite after the May 7 primary to beat the Democratic candidate in November.

"It's disappointing because it probably reduces the chance of whoever wins the primary to go on and win," said Crawford.

"I believe either John or I would be better for Fort Wayne for the next four years than Tom Henry who has served well and served capably," said Smith.

Crawford said he will continue to avoid running negative political ads.

Tuesday, Tim Smith told FOX 55 he still promises to make a contribution to Crawford's campaign if Crawford wins the primary.

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