Seven more municipal candidates filed their paperwork with the Allen County Election Board on Thursday, including at-large Fort Wayne City Councilman Tom Freistroffer.
Freistroffer, a Republican, said if elected, he will continue to work with businesses and use his experience in real estate and appraising. Freistroffer also said he believes he has been instrumental in major economic development projects including the downtown riverfront and Electric Works.
“I am fiscally conservative, but also look at economic development as a positive, not just downtown, but also in the neighborhoods,” Freistroffer said.
Freistroffer's City Council colleague, fellow Republican Tom Didier, also filed paperwork declaring his re-election campaign for the city's 3rd District. Neither Didier nor Freistroffer had primary challengers listed as of Thursday afternoon. Indiana's municipal primary election is on May 7.
Didier, who is completing his fourth term this year, was first elected in 2003. Freistroffer, who is completing his first term, was elected in 2015.
The other candidates who filed with the election board Thursday are:
• Jorge Fernandez, Democrat, Fort Wayne District 4.
• Hakim Muhammad, Democrat, Fort Wayne District 6.
• Timothy Berry, Republican, Monroeville District 1.
• Robert Nelson, Republican, New Haven mayor.
• Sarah DiGangi, Republican, New Haven District 2.
Candidates have until noon Feb. 8 to file paperwork with the Allen County Election Board.