UPDATED: Barranda, Corona, seek at-large City Council nominations; Hines now running at-large too
An incumbent Republican and a well-known Democrat are among the candidates seeking nominations for City Council at-large in the May primaries. And a long-time district councilman is seeking re-election at large as well, meaning he would represent the entire city.
Michael Barranda, a Republican attorney first elected in 2015, is seeking a second term. And Steve Corona, longtime Fort Wayne Community Schools Board member, also announced he would file as a Democratic candidate by the deadline of noon Friday. And Glynn Hines, D-6th, who said last year he would not seek another term, also filed candidacy papers. Each party will nominate three at-large candidates, and three will be elected in November.
“Economic growth increases the value of our city and that in turn benefits all citizens,” Corona said in a statement. “I want to support the amazing progress our city has made. Full steam ahead!”
Corona was appointed to the school board in 1981 and currently serves as vice president. He also serves on the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, the University of St. Francis Board of Trustees and the city’s Joint Funding Legacy Committee.
Corona, a Gary native, came to Fort Wayne in 1972 as a reporter with WANE-TV. He is married to Colleen Shank Corona, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. He earned a bachelor’s degree in radio and television from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Barranda, meanwhile, said he ran for council “to bring both sides together to make things better. But it’s gotten harder, and there’s still a lot of work to do.”
Although council meetings often appear cordial, Barranda said there have at times been “difficult dynamics” behind the scenes during discussion of such issues as annexation, downtown redevelopment and funding for economic development group Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Hines, a council member since 1999, told The News-Sentinel last year he would not run again, primarily because of health reasons. ” I really enjoyed serving the people of the community and especially the 6th District, but it’s time to allow someone else (to serve). I look forward to volunteering in the community in the future in some capacity,” he said in March.
Hines recently underwent surgery and said he is feeling much better.
“There’s still work to do throughout the entire community. I have supported projects all around town, like Electric Works, riverfront, the Landing, economic development and infrastructure improvements in the entire community. I look forward to continue practicing a culture of servant leadership for four more years,” he said in a statement.
Other city candidates filing for office included:
Mayor: Republicans John Crawford, Matthew McLaughlin, David Christopher Road and Tim Smith; Democrats Tom Henry, Gina Burgess and Tommy Schrader
Clerk: Lana Keesling, Republican; Katie Zuber, Democrat
City Council at large: Republicans Tom Freistroffer, Nathan Hartman, Eric Tippmann and Joseph Townsend; Democrats MaryClare Akers, Michelle Chambers and Curtis Nash
City Council, 1st District: Paul Ensley, Republican
City Council, 2nd District, Russ Jehl, Republican
City Council, 3rd District: Republicans Tom Didier and Mike Thomas; Democrats Palermo Galindo and John Henry
City Council, 4th District: Republicans Jason Arp and Rachel Lott; Democrats Jorge Fernandez and Patti Hays
City Council, 5th District: Taylor Vanover, Republican; Geoff Paddock, Democrat
City Council, 6th District: Democrats Tom Cook, Muhammad Hakim and Sharon Tucker