Commissioner endorsementsWritten by Autumn Lee | | email@example.com
There is a clear reason there are so many quality candidates for Lucas County Commissioner: The vacancy left by Maggie Thurber opens a critical opportunity for the county’s highest officers to impact development in a region that sorely needs strong business leadership.
The commissioners need a strong business and political mind; for that role, we endorse Democrat Tim Wagener and Republican George Sarantou for the May 2 primary.
The Republican side offers two outstanding candidates, Sarantou and Pam Haynam. Haynam’s theme of ”jobs, jobs, jobs” and her desire to see more suburban representation on the commission are broadstroke ideas, but incontestable ones. Her main swipe at Sarantou during an April 10 debate — he is more concerned with being mayor of Toledo one day than he is with being a long-term commissioner — is not the negative she claims. If Sarantou’s mayoral ambitions give him incentive to make a major impression as a commissioner, how does the county lose? We do recommend Sarantou employ more research into his thunderbolt approach to utility companies, but he is the clear choice for Republican voters.
On the Democratic side, we respect the ambitious visions set forth by Ben Konop and the labor experience Phillip Copeland offers, but Wagener, who has worked with Maumee leaders to make the city an economic success story, brings business acumen and considerable political skill to the table. The recent nomination of Maumee as an All-American City cements on a national level what this region has known for a while: Maumee is an example of the results business savvy and positive, decisive leadership can bring.
We are in a fortunate position; no matter who survives the primary, there will be quality choices in November. Sarantou and Wagener have separated themselves from their opponents, and we look forward to a healthy summer and fall debate between the two men.