Lucas County Libertarian Party announces its candidate for mayorWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
Updated with additional comments on March 13.
The Lucas County Libertarian Party announced on March 12 that Michael R. Konwinski, who worked with the City of Toledo for 30 years, intends to run for mayor.
Konwinski, who has just begun the petitioning process, worked in the city’s water distribution department, environmental services, finance department and at the fresh water treatment plant. He retired in December. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo, where he majored in accounting, in 1978.
He said he’s confident he can get enough signatures to get on the ballot. Konwinski, who said he is “socially moderate and fiscally conservative,” became a Libertarian after the November election.
“I have considerable knowledge of the bureaucratic working of the City of Toledo. I thoroughly understand how budgets are expended,” Konwinski said in a news release.
If elected, Konwinski plans to try to lower payroll tax, assessments and utility rates by “reducing unnecessary administrative/managerial positions and reorganizing some city divisions,” according to the news release. He said that even eliminating four or five of those positions could save the city $400,000-$500,000.
Mayor Mike Bell, Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara, union president and neighborhood development specialist Alan Cox and minister Opal Covey have also announced that they are running for mayor this year.
“Mayor Bell is a good guy. He’s done fairly decent as far as trying to bring in new development and I just don’t know if he has a handle on the costs,” Konwinski said.
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