The man who won election as Perry Township trustee filed Thursday to run for Fort Wayne City Council at large.
Eric Tippmann was elected trustee in November, defeating Democrat Melissa Rinehart by 4,608 votes. Tippmann previously served one term as an Allen County Council member.
Tippmann officially filed his campaign paperwork with the Allen County Election Board Thursday. He was sworn in as trustee Jan. 1.
Tippmann's run for Perry Township trustee generated some controversy during the 2018 election as Rinehart alleged that Tippmann does not live in Perry Township. Tippmann acknowledged that he moved from a home in Perry Township on Willowind Trail to a smaller house on Lake Avenue, but planned to move back in January. That complaint was dismissed by the Allen County Election Board in a 2-1 vote along party lines.
Attempts to reach Tippmann for comment late Thursday were unsuccessful.
There are currently six candidates seeking three at large seats on the Fort Wayne City Council – four Republicans and two Democrats. Councilman Michael Barranda, R-at large, has not yet filed paperwork announcing a re-election bid.
Councilman Jason Arp, R-4th, also filed paperwork seeking re-election. He will face Rachel Lott in the May 7 Republican primary.
Others who have recently filed to run for public offices in Allen County include:
- Matthew McLaughlin, Republican: Fort Wayne mayor
- Tommy Schrader, Democrat: Fort Wayne mayor
- John Henry, Democrat: Fort Wayne City Council District 3
- Palermo Galindo, Democrat: Fort Wayne City Council District 3
- Patti Hays, Democrat: Fort Wayne City Council District 4
- J. Pat Anderson, Republican: New Haven City Council at large
- Jeff Turner, Republican: New Haven City Council District 3
- Robert Byrd, Republican: New Haven City Council District 4
- Eric Amstutz, Republican: New Haven City Council District 5
- Michael Martin, Republican: Woodburn City Council District 1
- John Renner, Republican: Woodburn City Council District 2
- Daniel Watts, Republican: Woodburn City Council District 4
Candidates have until noon today to file their official campaign paperwork with the Allen County Election Board.