NAPPANEE — A Nappanee city councilman plans to run for mayor in 2015.
Phil Jenkins, a Republican, said Saturday, Jan. 11, that he hopes to replace outgoing Mayor Larry Thompson, who announced Wednesday that he will not run for a sixth term.
Jenkins is a 1989 graduate of NorthWood High School. He and his wife, Diane, returned to Nappanee after college and have three daughters, Allyson, Morgan and Caroline.
“I care deeply about this community and want to give back to the place that has given so much to me and my family,” he said. “I want to see Nappanee continue to be the best place to live, work and play.”
Jenkins has served on the Nappanee City Council for seven years and has been a member of the Nappanee Board of Public Works since 2004. He is the president of the NorthWood Soccer Club and the NorthWood 15th Home Owners Association.
He works as an architect for Martin Brothers Contracting and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
“As an architect, I have been trained to solve problems,” Jenkins said. “Many of the same skills I use in my profession today are the skills I intend to use if elected mayor.”