Councilwoman Sharon Tucker Makes History As Fort Wayne’s First Black Mayor!

by Gee NY
Sharon Tucker

In a landmark decision during a Democratic caucus, Fort Wayne, Indiana, elected its first Black mayor, Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, to lead the city following the passing of Mayor Tom Henry in March.

The selection of Tucker, who also becomes the city’s second female mayor, marks a significant milestone in the city’s history.

Tucker’s appointment came after a rigorous process that involved seven candidates, including Indiana Democratic House leader state Rep. Phil GiaQuinta.

The decision was reached in the second round of voting when Tucker secured over 50% of the votes plus one, meeting the caucus requirement.

Derek Camp, chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party, expressed the party’s enthusiasm for Tucker’s leadership, stating that she has the energy and support needed to lead Fort Wayne forward.

Tucker is set to be sworn in as mayor early next week, according to Camp.

The position of mayor was left vacant following the passing of Mayor Tom Henry on March 28 due to complications related to his battle with stomach cancer.

Henry, a Democrat who served as mayor for five terms, left behind a legacy of public service and dedication to the city.

Tucker’s ascension to mayor makes her the first Black individual to hold the position in Fort Wayne’s history. Additionally, she becomes only the second woman to serve as mayor, following in the footsteps of Cosette Simon, who briefly held the position in 1985.

As Fort Wayne looks ahead to the future under Tucker’s leadership, the city anticipates continued progress and unity under its historic new mayor.

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