Decision 2010: Endorsements, pt. 2Written by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Free Press “Art of Politics” debate at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery on Oct. 26 helped clarify the difference between candidates in three key categories — Anita Lopez and Gina Marie Kaczala for Lucas County Auditor; Carol Contrada and George Sarantou for Lucas County Commissioner; and Edna Brown and Tom Waniewski for Ohio State Senate District 11. We profusely thank the museum’s management and staff for providing the immaculate and inspiring venue, and we thank the Toledo Chapter of the League of Women Voters for providing oversight and counsel.
- State Senate District 11: Toledo Free Press endorses Tom Waniewski. With due recognition to Edna Brown for her public service, Waniewski offers an approach of fiscal responsibility and limited government involvement that we respect. Brown undoubtedly has relationships in Columbus, but as Waniewski said at our debate, there needs to be a greater emphasis on relationships here in Northwest Ohio, and he represents that potential.
- Lucas County Commissioner: Toledo Free Press endorses George Sarantou. Carol Contrada was impressive during the debate, and she will be a continuing factor in county politics. Sarantou represents an opportunity to add a conservative and moderate voice to a commission that tends to demonstrate neither of those traits. His understanding of government finances and his experience with being in the political minority are also pluses. We do have concerns about Sarantou’s continuing bashing of local utility companies; his rhetoric on this issue is out of touch with economic reality and the efforts these important neighbors are making in serving the community.
- Lucas County Auditor: Toledo Free Press endorses Anita Lopez. Lopez has earned a second term for her efforts to improve accountability and transparency. She needs to work to remove any concerns about specific employees who have been dragged into the public discourse, but there should be no question she is the best choice for the job.
- District 9 House of Representatives: Here, we hit a wall. We are a small business, and we face pressures that prevent us from endorsing the policies of Marcy Kaptur, because she represents so much uncertainty in terms of tax rates, health care changes and the potential costs of “cap and trade.”
For years, we have been looking for a conservative businessperson to step up and challenge the status quo. Rich Iott seemed to answer that call, but there are some nagging concerns. The first is his tendency to strongly support some of the most left-leaning Ohio Democrats —Ted Strickland, Teresa Fedor, Peter Ujvagi — with thousands of dollars, while offering relatively little to Republicans or conservatives. He has a right to give his money to anyone he chooses, but that pattern does not bear witness to a strong conservative philosophy.
The other issue is that Iott has severed communications with Toledo Free Press, according to campaign spokesman Matt Parker, due to one unfavorable opinion column. How do we endorse a candidate who allows one opinion piece to so dramatically close the door? That Iott found it that difficult to work around 900 words demonstrates a haste to act and a lack of long-term vision. Iott has an absolute right to communicate (or not to) with anyone he chooses, but if he is that thin-skinned and quick to cut ties, how is he going to act in D.C.? And if he can’t wisely spend his millions of dollars in his choice of managers and staff, how can he be trusted to wisely spend ours?
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.