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RELEASE: "Melissa Rinehart Looks to Earn Voter Support in November"

Updated: May 7, 2023

Melissa Rinehart Looks to Earn Voter Support in November

All eyes are on November in City’s most competitive City Council race

FORT WAYNE, IN, [05/03/2023] – District-2 City Council candidate Melissa Rinehart (D) expressed her pride on Tuesday evening looking towards her general election matchup in November as she looks to unseat incumbent Russ Jehl (R).

Of the race, Rinehart said, “It’s absolutely humbling to have the chance at earning the support of voters come November.” As an experienced educator and non-profit leader, Rinehart brings a unique perspective to the district and understands the challenges her constituents face.

Rinehart credits her experience and education as a cultural anthropologist for how it uniquely positions her to do just that, noting, “Listening to and respecting the backgrounds of people is essential to effectively represent them in local government. I plan on working tirelessly to represent all of my neighbors in District-2”.

Rinehart also believes that she’ll provide measured leadership on City Council, emphasizing the importance of improving everyday infrastructure, “District-2 needs a collaborative representative who will bring results and improvements to quality of life and sense of place.” As Rinehart turns her focus to November, she’s looking forward to meeting new voters and earning their support in District-2.

About Melissa Rinehart

Melissa Rinehart is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Snider High School. Rinehart has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University, Fort Wayne; a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas, San Antonio; and a master’s degree and PhD in cultural anthropology from Michigan State University.

For more information, visit and follow @Melissa4Indiana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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