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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 1:00 am

Unopposed city clerk hopefuls to face off

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling won her party's nomination Tuesday to serve a second term.

Keesling, a Republican, was unopposed in the primary election. She will face Democrat Katie Zuber – who also was unopposed in the primary – in the November general election.

Unofficial results show 13,869 voters cast ballots for Keesling. Zuber got 6,792 votes.

Keesling replaced former Clerk Sandy Kennedy, who resigned in 2016 after more than 30 years in the post. Keesling has cited cutting spending in her office; making City Council agendas more easily accessible; creating procedures and guidelines for her's and other offices; and using technology to streamline work as successes in her first term.

A conservative approach to the office led to a 21% decrease in spending over the past three years, Keesling told The Journal Gazette in January. 

Zuber filed paperwork in January to run for clerk.