Geoff Paddock to seek third term on City Council

Geoff Paddock

City Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, will seek a third term this year.

“It has been an honor to work with Mayor Tom Henry and my colleagues on the City Council for the past seven years,” Paddock said in a statement. “Thanks to the leadership and guidance of Mayor Henry, Fort Wayne is poised for strong economic growth in the years ahead. I want to play an active role in efforts towards economic development for downtown, and more infrastructure improvements for our neighborhoods.”

Paddock, a former Fort Wayne Community Schools Board member who has been executive director of Headwaters Park since 1993, said he has worked on a bipartisan basis, successfully sponsoring legislation to strengthen the Drug House Ordinance and to preserve brick streets and alleys in the central city. He worked with two Republican colleagues to tighten restrictions and promote more accountability with tax abatements and to approve the acquisition of Aqua Indiana’s water utility in southwest Fort Wayne and fund additional improvements to water and sewer lines. He also worked across party lines to enact city budgets that increased the number of police officers and firefighters, made improvements to City Utilities, and speeded along the much needed resurfacing of neighborhood streets and sidewalks. Paddock was an early and ardent backer of the Electric Works project.

“I would like to continue to be a voice for neighborhoods and make sure we are addressing their infrastructure needs during the next four years. We have begun important work to reconstruct alleys, replace sidewalks, and resurface streets. That work must continue, and we will make sure that no neighborhood is left out of this process,” Paddock stated.

Paddock has also worked for over a decade to advocate for the return of passenger rail service to Fort Wayne.