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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:20 pm

Crawford lauded at council meeting

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

A week after his defeat in the Republican mayoral primary, Fort Wayne City Councilman John Crawford received adulation from several of his colleagues.

"I do want to say to my friend, Councilman John Crawford, you have an enormous amount of respect from me and I think your colleagues on City Council," Councilman Geoff Paddock said. "You certainly reflected credit upon this body and we salute you for your diplomacy and your statesmanship, as well, during the campaign you put forward."

Councilman Tom Freistroffer, R-at large, agreed.

"He's done just so may tremendous things for our city," Freistroffer said. "A lot of the things that he's done are not seen by the people that are voting."

Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, said Crawford will be missed.

"He is the hardest working city councilman that I've worked with in regards to understanding all the functionalities of how he's going to vote," Didier said. "He's going to be truly missed. The four years I did not have him on council were the four most tumultuous years I ever had on city council."

Tim Smith defeated Crawford for the Republican mayoral nomination last week. Smith will face Tom Henry in November.

dgong@jg.net