Sharon Tucker Becomes the First Black Mayor in Fort Wayne’s History

Sharon Tucker is Fort Wayne’s first black mayor and the second woman to hold the prestigious position. Her new role forces her to step down from her existing post as City Councilwoman for the 6th district.

Cosette Simon, the first female mayor, took office for 11 days after fellow Democrat Winfield Moses resigned due to campaign finance issues, according to The Associated Press.

Tucker, a Democrat, won the Democratic caucus with 50% of the votes plus one, according to The Journal Gazette.

In a statement, the local Democratic Party stated it was excited to have “Mayor Tucker at the helm, leading Fort Wayne into the future.”

“Today, Mayor Tucker proved that she has the energy and support of our party, and we can’t wait to support her as she works to continue moving our community forward together,” the statement went on to say.

In her winning speech, she emphasized her determination and devotion. “Now you’ve entrusted me with a heavy job, and it doesn’t weigh light on my shoulders,” she remarked, detailing her priorities and emphasizing economic development both downtown and inside neighborhoods.

“Encouraging economic development and supporting local entrepreneurs strengthens our economy…” And a strong economy helps to create possibilities for everyone.”

Mayor Tom Henry died as a result of a medical emergency caused by stomach cancer, leaving the mayor’s position empty. He was 72. Tucker will fill the remainder of Henry’s mayoral term, which runs until December 31, 2027.

Tucker graduated from Indiana Tech with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Management and Human Resources. Before entering politics, she served as Treasurer of the Allen County Democratic Party for five years and Vice Chair in 2016.

In 2014, she was elected as the first District Councilwoman on the Allen County Council, and she was re-elected in 2018. In 2019, she was elected to the 6th District City Council, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the office.

She is also the originator of the ‘Women in Politics Forum,’ an annual event aimed at encouraging women in political participation. According to The San Diego Voice and View Point, she has used the platform to mentor women in politics and social engagement.

Tucker also created Project Activate SouthEast Fort Wayne (PASE) in 2021, an entrepreneurship training and pitch competition to promote economic development in the city’s southeast sector.

In addition to her political activities, she is an entrepreneur. According to The San Diego Voice and View Point, she runs an e-commerce business and a YouTube channel called Classy Shay Designs, where she sells craft items for DIY projects and unique gifts.

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