Take Back Toledo files recall petitionsWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Take Back Toledo Committee walked six boxes of petitions to recall Mayor Carty Finkbeiner into One Government Center at 2:35 p.m. April 9. The boxes were taken to the clerk of city council office.
Take Back Toledo spokesman Tom Schlachter said they delivered “not quite 40,000 signatures.” They now wait until April 20, when the clerk of city council will return with a count, he said.
They expect to lose 50 percent of the signatures after validation, Schlachter said, but hope to reach the necessary number of 19,753 to recall the mayor. If they reach their goal, the mayor will have five days to resign. If he does not resign, the recall issue will appear on the election ballot in September. The group will have an additional 20 days to muster the necessary signatures if they fall short.
“This is a ray of hope in the City of Toledo that the people can be heard and the businesses can be heard,” Schlachter said. “It’s a message of hope — not of rebellion — but a message of hope for the city.”
Almost four hours before the boxes were delivered, Finkbeiner issued a statement before leaving for Cleveland to meet with Auto Adviser Ed Montgomery: “I have but two concerns — providing a balanced budget for the taxpayers of the City of Toledo, and doing everything in my power to stimulate our economy, which is why I am going to Cleveland to meet with Mr. Montgomery. I wish all Toledoans a joyous holiday weekend.”
Take Back Toledo volunteers Dot Whitehead, John Arnos and Deb Malcom waited outside of One Government Center for the petitions to arrive. Whitehead said they wanted to see “the fruits of our labor.”
All three said they experienced positive feedback. Arnos said he received 200 signatures before someone refused to sign. Malcom said they would go to bars and bowling alleys — places where groups of people were accessible.
Clerk of City Council Gerald Dendinger confirmed receipt of the boxes and said the signatures were inside.