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Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:52 am

John Crawford files to seek GOP nomination for mayor

Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne City Councilman John Crawford officially filed paperwork today declaring his intent to seek the Republican nomination for Fort Wayne mayor.

Speaking to reporters at Allen County Republican Headquarters, Crawford said his platform will focus on fiscal conservatism, public safety and crime, the opioid crisis and public health, economic development and collaborative leadership.

Crawford, R-at large, is expected to run against fellow Republican Tim Smith in the May 7 Republican primary. If successful, Crawford will face Mayor Tom Henry in November. Crawford, an oncologist, was first elected to City Council in 1995.

“We will have a positive message to tell people the ways we plan to make citizens' lives better. We will spend our time giving citizens reasons to vote for us rather than tear down our opponents," Crawford said in a statement.

“Republicans need to stay positive, avoiding negative attacks on each other so we will have the best chance to unify the party after the primary and retake the Mayor's office,” Crawford said. “If I am fortunate enough to win the Republican primary, I will do everything possible to unite our party so we can win as a team.”