Council unable to reach majority to select McNamara’s replacementWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara officially resigned from his role as council president Feb. 19, but the group did not appoint a new leader yet.
Although the Council members voted multiple times, no one received a majority of the votes. Until Council reconvenes in two weeks, Councilman Shaun Enright, the newest member of Council, will serve as president pro tem. Councilwoman Paula Hicks-Hudson will take over as president pro tem in March.
At present, McNamara, a Democrat and at-large councilman, is running for mayor of Toledo against Mayor Mike Bell, union president and neighborhood development specialist Alan Cox and minister Opal Covey.
McNamara cited a desire to keep political differences between himself and Bell from affecting the work of City Council as the reason for his decision to step down as Council president.
“This is about serving the citizens first and putting their needs above my own,” McNamara told Toledo Free Press Feb. 18. “While it’s great to have a nice title, I feel I can do more for the people of Toledo as mayor for the next four years than as City Council president for the next 10 months.”
McNamara, who has served on Council since 2006, said he plans to retain his council seat while he runs.