The Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Political Action Committee released its endorsements for the Fort Wayne municipal election Nov. 5.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the union that represents sergeants and lieutenants in the Fort Wayne Police Department. Its PAC endorsed:
• Tim Smith for mayor
• Lana Keesling for city clerk
• Michael Barranda for City Council at large
• Tom Freistroffer for City Council at large
• Michelle Chambers for City Council at large
• Paul Ensley for City Council District 1
• Russ Jehl for City Council District 2 (unopposed)
• Tom Didier for City Council District 3
• Jason Arp for City Council District 4
• Geoff Paddock for City Council District 5
The PAC did not make an endorsement for City Council District 6, where Allen County Councilwoman Sharon Tucker is running unopposed.
All of the endorsed candidates are Republicans except for Democrats Chambers and Paddock. Keesling, Barranda, Freistroffer, Ensley, Jehl, Diddier, Arp and Paddock are incumbents.
The Fort Wayne Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a union that represents police officers below the rank of sergeant, typically does not make election endorsements and is not doing so this year.
“Our union does not get political,” Steven Espinoza, president of the association, said in a statement Thursday. “Our focus is on serving and protecting our membership and the citizens of Fort Wayne.”
The association said it encourages its membership to educate themselves on the issues and to vote their conscience.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association “wishes each candidate luck” on Nov. 5 and said the organization looks forward to working with those candidates who are elected, according to Espinoza.