Council expected to fill vacant seat, choose president todayWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo City Council is expected to vote today to fill its vacant seat as well as choose a new president during its regular meeting.
The meeting is set for 4 p.m. March 3 in City Council Chambers at One Government Center.
Nine District 4 residents have expressed interest in the seat, left vacant by Paula Hicks-Hudson when she became mayor after the death of Mayor D. Michael Collins on Feb. 6.
To be appointed, the person must have a majority of Council votes. With the current 11 Council members, that would be six votes needed.
Whoever is appointed to fill the seat will hold it until at least May 5, when a special election will be held to fill the seat for the remainder of the year. A primary in September and the general election in November will then determine who will officially take the seat for a four-year term starting in January 2016.
Anyone interested in running in the May 5 special election must file paperwork by March 26.
The Council president position must also get a majority of votes. Currently, Councilman Jack Ford is serving as president pro tempore.
The nine people interested in the vacant seat are:
- Stephen L. Goldman, 145 S. St. Clair St., professor emeritus at University of Toledo.
“One of the greatest challenges facing this city today is in the area of economic development,” reads Goldman’s letter of interest, noting his involvement with consulting on patents and licenses for Fortune 100 and 500 companies and work on a report on Lake Erie. “Given this wealth of experience I believe that I am uniquely positioned to understanding the monetary and strategy challenges facing the city.”
- Yvonne Harper, 2337 Franklin Ave. Harper is endorsed for the position by the Lucas County Democratic Party.
- David D. Johnson, 520 Pulaski St., part-time assistant professor at the University of Toledo and business owner.
“I am a highly qualified, passionate educator who has the qualifications of an elector of the city,” reads Johnson’s letter of interest.
- Jewell Lightner. No further information available.
“I have lived in District 4 for 19 years and have a good understanding of issues in the district,” reads Lightner’s letter of interest. “My work experience and civic involvement would be an asset as a Council member to help address and resolve issues.”
- Khali Maddox-Abdegeo, 2511 N. Detroit Ave. No further information available.
- Alfonso R. Narvaez, 2019 N. Ontario St. Thee Lucas County Republican Party treasurer and former Lucas County Land Bank board member is endorsed for the position by the Lucas County Republican Party.
“I am a lifetime resident of North Toledo in District 4, born and raised. My neighborhood is my life. Growing up in a rough neighborhood was tough. For us it was normal seeing a drug deal go down, seeing a fight in the street. It was bad back then, but it is worse now. When I was younger I dreamed of improving my neighborhood,” reads Narvaez’ letter of intent. “My proudest moment is able to serve my neighborhood as a block watch captain. … As of today, me and my team of volunteers have been able to clean up 30-plus vacant, problematic, tire-filled properties. No other group has been able to do what we have done. When it comes to getting things done, I have proven I can get results. … I believe good neighborhoods are the backbone to an economically sound city.”
- Scott A. Ramsey, 2627 Collingwood Blvd., owner of Dart Boat Company and Ramsey Brothers Restorations. The graduate of Springfield High School and the University of Toledo is chairman of the Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show.
“As a resident of District 4 since 2001 and a Toledo-based small business owner, I feel that I have experience and insights that would benefit my community at large as well as my district,” reads Ramsey’s letter of interest. “Some of my particular passions for the City of Toledo as a whole are waterfront development, mixed use urban development and revitalization of existing commercial properties, and general efficiency analysis coupled with strategic steps to improve city services on a department by department basis with the end goal being reduced costs and improved quality of life within our city.”
- Scott Sands, 505 Jefferson Ave., program director and afternoon host on 1370 WSPD at iHeartMedia. According to his letter of interest, he’s politically independent and doesn’t plan to run in the May special election. Any compensation for his time on Council would be donated back to the city, in the name of Mayor Collins for neighborhood improvements in District 4, he wrote.
“Since moving to downtown Toledo two years ago, I have become a passionate advocate for the district’s economic development and cultural diversity,” reads Sands’ letter of interest. “Mayor Collins was an inspiration through his love of the city, my new home, and his unending pursuit for us all to be a better neighbor to one another. I simply wish to honor that legacy by doing a small part, for a brief period of time. … I am not a member of either political party locally, consider myself to be independent, fiscally conservative, open-minded and able to bridge differences of opinion to build consensus or reach a compromise.”
- Terry Shankland, 851 Islington St., a self-employed small business owner. According to his resume, he is a Whitmer High School graduate, Navy veteran and member of the South Toledo Democratic Club.
“I have lived in District 4 for over 40 years and have owned and operated a successful business there. I have demonstrated fiscal responsibility by surviving with an ever changing economy,” reads Shankland’s letter of interest. “My district faces many tough challenges for attracting decent paying jobs, having safe neighborhoods with good parks and recreation, maintaining our streets, and having clean and safe drinking water. I am willing to work on finding solutions to obstacles and concerns that face my neighborhood in making Toledo attractive for new jobs and employment, safety and provide a great quality of life.”
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