The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 1:00 am

Fort Wayne City Clerk

Keesling wins close race to remain in office

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling won her bid for reelection Tuesday. 

Unofficial results show Keesling, a Republican, bested Democratic challenger Katie Zuber by about 1,700 votes.

The race was close, and Keesling was trailing Zuber when early returns came in on Election Day, but the incumbent pulled away by the time all of the city's voting precincts reported about 8:30 p.m. 

Keesling garnered 27,047 votes, about 52% of ballots cast in the clerk race. 

“I feel great,” she said at Allen County Republican Headquarters downtown. “I think we've worked hard the last four years.”

Keesling was elected four years ago after Democrat Sandra Kennedy resigned after allegations she was politicking on behalf of the deputy clerk, who was seeking to replace her. 

The office's main responsibilities are parking control management; City Council support and administration; collecting fines issued by city departments; and storing, organizing and distributing the city's governing documents. 

The clerk is paid an $81,890 annual salary. 

Zuber is senior account and logistics manager for Midwest Pipe and Steel. She has said the clerk's office could be more open and urged officials to include more information on the city's website about parking fees and how much money is taken in. 

Keesling said Tuesday her office is transparent and outlined plans to make it more open. 

One goal is to digitize historic documents.

Keesling also would like to create a system to easily show the votes of City Council members at meetings, something viewers might miss on television or in person, she said. 

She also wants to implement technology allowing drivers to use a smartphone app for paying on-street parking, she said.

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