Covey preaches to voters at final OT eventWritten by Bailey G. Dick | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the final installment of the Ottawa Tavern’s Political Parties series, self-proclaimed prophetess Opal Covey shared her vision for the City of Toledo with voters.
Covey, who is running for mayor for the fourth time, told voters she has one powerful person backing this year’s run for office: God.
“In December, I got a message from God that said we had to get these people out,” Covey said, referring to current city administrators. “God sent me for a time like this. I’m just so happy about it.”
Covey spent some of her time discussing a key part of her plan for the city: a Downtown amusement park. She said she hopes to make Toledo a “resort city” with an amusement park and water park in the Downtown area, and a “dinosaur park” near Glendale Avenue.
Covey told bar-goers that she plans on fighting corruption in the city, and isn’t afraid to take on some of the bigger names in city politics.
“I’m not afraid of [corruption]. That’s what’s holding our city down,” Covey said. “I’m a fighter. I’ll go after them.”
Covey also addressed potential concerns voters might have about her past, blaming some of the issues on the city she hopes to run.
“I’ve been in jail. I never had a record before I came to this city. But I got it, lock, stock and barrel,” Covey said.
In regard to being charged with animal cruelty, Covey said, “I wouldn’t stand before you today asking to be your mayor if I was guilty of animal cruelty.”
Covey said she knows her message is a difficult one for many Toledoans to process.
“Some people don’t want to hear the truth. But I’m here with the truth. I’ve been in the middle of it,” she said.
Covey also took questions from some of the Ottawa Tavern’s patrons, including one on comments Covey made at a recent mayoral forum, where she said victims of domestic violence are to blame for their own abuse.
“What I said was what I know. There are a lot of people who cause their own domestic violence because of what they do,” Covey said.
When the same patron asked if Covey knew what human trafficking was, Covey responded, “That has a lot to do with sex. I know they have the pimps over them and everything. I understand they get under such a bondage that they’re so afraid. You shouldn’t accept that in the first place. You shouldn’t even be around those kind of people. “
Covey was also asked about how she would respond to homelessness in the city, and told voters that she herself had been homeless, living in shelters and in her car.
However, Covey said, “Sometimes you can bring it on yourself. Sometimes you’re just too lazy to get a job.”
Covey was also asked about her views on both marijuana and same-sex marriages. She said she opposes the legalization of both.
And in the final question of the night, Covey was asked what her favorite roller coaster was. She said she doesn’t enjoy roller coasters, but hopes other Toledoans do.
Although Covey has never been elected to public office, she said her qualifications come from a higher power.
“I’m a prophetic minister. I have a lot of gifts, and that’s what keeps me going. That’s what makes me know things when you think I don’t,” she said.
Covey also told voters she has other qualifications to be mayor, including work in accounting, and claiming that she worked in “the space technology laboratories in the ‘60s for engineers that drew up the plan for the minuteman missile.” She also claimed to be a descendent of Pocahontas.
Tuesday marked the last installment in the series at the Ottawa Tavern, bar officials say they plan to host a similar event for city council candidates after the primary.