Vasquez considering Toledo City Council positionWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Board President Bob Vasquez said he may be interested in serving in the at-large Toledo City Council seat to be vacated by George Sarantou, who has been elected a Lucas County Commissioner.
“First of all, I haven’t talked to anyone about the position on City Council. I don’t know what process they are going to use,” he said. “If a position was offered to me, I’d consider it.”
Sources reported to Toledo Free Press that Vasquez met with Council President Wilma Brown on Nov. 3, but Vasquez said he did not mention his interest to her.
“We were talking about school business,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez said his interest in the council seat isn’t an abandonment of the school district, but a coincidence in timing of an open Council seat. It wouldn’t be a conscious decision to leave the district just because the Nov. 2 levy failed, he said.
“I am not bailing out. I still have high hopes for the district,” he said. “I believe the district will make it through the crisis.”
Vasquez said if he was appointed or elected to council, his colleagues on the board would be able to successfully continue without him.
“My colleagues have the expertise and skills to carry on the business of the board. I have a lot of confidence in them that they can do that,” he said.
“I don’t think the board is dependent upon one person to be effective for the school system.”
Regardless of what is decided, Vasquez said he will still help TPS.