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Allen County Council at large
(Vote for three)
Robert A. Armstrong (R)
•Bill Brown (R)
Gina Burgess (D)
•Roy Buskirk (R)
Dennis Sprunger (D)
•Sharon Tucker (D)

County Council picks


A seasoned incumbent, a former county commissioner and a first-time candidate from the minority party are by far the best choices to fill the three Allen County Council at-large seats. Voters should pick Republicans Roy Buskirk and Bill Brown, plus Democrat Sharon Tucker on Nov. 6 to serve on the council.

Tucker, 40, is a newcomer to politics but is the most impressive of all the candidates. She is an office manager at 1st Source Insurance who is also close to earning a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Tech with a double major in human resources and management and business administration.

She is running the best campaign for County Council by a Democrat in years. It is difficult not to be impressed by how she has successfully managed to juggle a full-time job, college course work (while maintaining a 3.8 GPA) as well as running the most active and competitive campaign of any of the council candidates from either party.

Her in-depth understanding of issues facing county government and the specific role County Council plays in budget oversight is striking.

Additionally, her voice would add some much-needed diversity.

Buskirk, 68, is seeking his third elected term. He was originally appointed to serve in 2003. He has made controlling government spending and improving the efficiency of government services the hallmarks of his tenure. He has also earned a reputation for his common-sense approach to solving problems.

He currently chairs the board working to improve city and county joint permitting procedures and has doggedly worked to reform the cumbersome process. He also serves on the subcommittee reviewing the county’s tax abatement policies, to ensure that economic development tool is working as it should.

Brown, 61, served as an Allen County commissioner from 2007 to 2010. He is the interim president of the Downtown Improvement District and CEO of Summit City Electric Co., a business he started in 1978. He also served on the Downtown Improvement District board and the Fort Wayne/Allen County Economic Development Alliance.

Brown’s knowledge of county government coupled with his strong business and economic development background makes him a good fit for serving on the county’s fiscal body.

Incumbent Robert A. Armstrong, and Democrats Gina Burgess and Dennis Sprunger are also seeking election in the race.

Wednesday: Allen County commissioner, Huntertown referendum