Nov 3, 2005

Carty Stays On Message

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This is a simultaneous publication of an interview with Toledo mayoral candidate Carty Finbeiner in this week's Toledo Free Press.

Though leading in the polls, Carty Finkbeiner is not slowing down in his quest for a third term as Toledo’s mayor. He walked many neighborhoods over the course of the past week, and plans to continue this pace right up until Election Day.

“We are taking nothing for granted,” he said. “A lot can happen between now and November 8.”

In this interview, Finkbeiner studiously avoided mention of his opponent, current Toledo mayor Jack Ford. This reflects his desire to “focus on the issues” rather than engage in campaign mud-slinging.

On the proposed point-of-sale legislation: Finkbeiner is skeptical of sweeping point-of-sale reform proposals.

“We do not want to enact anything that will hamper the ability of citizens to buy or sell their property,” he said. “Some unscrupulous practices do need to be addressed, though. I think that current laws can do more to address these problems than they are at the present.”

On legalized gambling as a method to raise revenue and spark development: The candidate believes that there may be a limited role for gambling in Toledo’s future.

“Gaming is neither a solution to Toledo’s economic woes or ‘the Devil,’” he said. “It is a venue that has a place on our waterfront or in riverboat trips to the nearby islands.”

On city street gangs: Finkbeiner sees a stronger police presence as an important factor in controlling the activity of street gangs.

“First, I will strengthen the police department, second I will bring back the anti-gang taskforce,” he said. “We need to address the problems that lead to young people joining gangs.”

The candidate also believes that more proactive steps can be taken with neighborhood youth.

“We need more job training and job opportunities for our young people and more recreational programs to occupy their time and offer them alternatives,” he said. “Finally, I will enforce the curfew laws to limit the opportunity for teens to get into trouble.”

On future visits from the NSM or other white supremacists groups: Finkbeiner said that he would draw upon the example of an earlier KKK rally to handle future visits by Bill White and the National Socialist Movement (NSM).

“I would do everything I could legally do to keep them from coming,” he said. “If they visit again, I would handle it similarly to the 1995 KKK visit.”

The candidate referenced a 1995 rally by the Ku Klux Klan in which city and county officials sequestered the white supremacist group on the county courthouse lawn, providing a buffer zone between the KKK and counter-protesters.

The candidate expressed frustration at the forum provided to NSM on October 15 that provoked a violent protest.

“They [NSM] may have first amendment rights but I don’t believe they have the right to disrupt our lives in our neighborhoods,” he said. “In 1995 we controlled the KKK march and there were no incidents.”

On helping the North End recover from the rioting: Finkbeiner believes that the residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the October 15 riot are the best sources for information on how to best help the area recover.

“I think work needs to be done on the economic front and more needs to be done to address legitimate the concerns of the citizens,” he said. “They know better than anyone what their problems and concerns are.”

On how Toledo might best position itself to attract employers: The candidate touted the relative strengths of the city and the region in attracting new employers.

“Toledo has a lot to offer new businesses,” he said. “Its location within 600 miles of 60% of the U.S. and Canadian population gives us tremendous advantages, and our workforce can supply skills for any type of business.”

Finkbeiner believes that the next mayor needs to be someone who can aggressively seek out businesses to relocate in the city.

“Our relatively low cost of living is another plus. We need to market ourselves more effectively and seek out good jobs that will add new businesses and keep our current businesses expanding,” he said. “We need a pro-jobs, pro-growth, and pro-business mayor and attitude in Toledo.”

On the split in the local Democratic Party Finkbeiner believes that disagreement between particular individuals, rather than a difference in policymaking, has been the greatest source of division in the local Democratic Party.

“The split in the Democratic Party is born of ego more than a disagreement over basic democratic principles,” he said. “Both sides need to overcome their personalities and come together for the common good of the party.”

Like Mayor Ford, Finkbeiner believes that the next electoral cycles offer an opportunity for the local party to heal the rifts.

“The ’06 and ‘08 elections are too important to allow petty squabbles to hinder the job that needs to be done,” he said. “I would like to facilitate discussion that leads to common goals.”

On specific changes to city government in the next four years: The candidate touted his master campaign plan with regard to specific changes, and vowed to seek out the city’s most talented citizens as advisors.

“I will fill positions of responsibility with the best, brightest and most qualified people available, period,” he said. “We need to look at new methods for effective citizen government and give taxpayers the best bang for their tax dollars. Much of this is covered in my 34-point vision statement.”

On building the new arena downtown: Finkbeiner believes that the private entities funding the new arena should play the most important role in its development.

“The arena will be built primarily by private funding and that will dictate the location and neighborhood,” he said. “Whatever the city can do to facilitate an arena being constructed I will do, much like I did when we built the new Mud Hens stadium.”

On stemming Toledo’s population losses: The candidate believes that the city must first become a more attractive place to live before it can see a growth in population.

“In order to stem population loss, we need to make Toledo a place that people desire to live,” he said. “You need good jobs, good schools and infrastructure for starters and a pro-jobs, pro-growth, and pro-business culture at One Government Center.”

5 comments:

IsisDC said...

Carty seems to have a slighty more of a spine than Ford.

But, that would be like going from 0 to 1/2.

I feel sorry for you guys, as your selection of candidates is pretty grim.

As much as a would prefer to have a strong African American leadership in elected office of Toledo, esp to represent and focus on the needs of North Toledo, I don't believe Ford is the man for that job.

My concern would be that if Carty were to take his place, how much attention would he offer the much neglected people of North Toledo?

It takes more than muscle, it takes community investments, after school programs, youth community centres and probably some out sourced help on addressing the social concerns.

I am not a big tax and spend advocate, but there is a fear of spending and investing in that city that has proven to have degraded the properties and made it an easy target for Nazi type groups to come in and cause trouble.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Again, great articles Mike, I enjoyed them both!

As with the Ford article, I was inspired that I comment heavily on this one, as with Ford’s. Here goes:


”In this interview, Finkbeiner studiously avoided mention of his opponent, current Toledo mayor Jack Ford. This reflects his desire to “focus on the issues” rather than engage in campaign mud-slinging.” --HM

A very shrewd decision on Carty’s part, and it’s working…


On the proposed point-of-sale legislation:

I agree with Carty on this one…


On legalized gambling as a method to raise revenue and spark development:

Although Carty has a point, I agree more with Jack.


On city street gangs:

Carty has a part of the answer. He needs to address the self respect, personal responsibility, and education issues more.


On future visits from the NSM or other white supremacists groups:

“If they visit again, I would handle it similarly to the 1995 KKK visit.” --CF

Carty has it right!


On helping the North End recover from the rioting:

Carty’s answer is a little weak.

The answer has to do with family, self respect. personal responsibility, and education.

The community can have the answers, if they understand the causes (see above)…


On how Toledo might best position itself to attract employers:

Carty has some good ideas here, but he needs to make Toledo business friendly by reducing taxes, stopping the frivolous regulations, and by making the government easier to work with…


On the split in the local Democratic Party:

Carty NAILED this one…


On specific changes to city government in the next four years:

No argument here, I would like to add though that the City already has many very bright and talented experts.

However, it still fails to recognize its’ own employees, home grown experts, and they’re already on the payroll…


On building the new arena downtown:

Carty gets this one too. Especially the private funding part…


On stemming Toledo’s population losses:

By Jove, I Think He’s Got It!


Carty will do well as long as he can keep the BAD Carty, the EVIL Carty at arm’s length.

But, I don’t think that he can do that.

Let’s all hope that I am wrong, just this one time…

liberal_dem said...

Mike- did you point out that Carty is a closet Republican? Remember his early steps into the political arena? He was Mr. GOP from Perrysburg.

Of course, like the fraud that he is, he had to change his stripes to get any where in Toledo politics.

historymike said...

Just conducted the interview; ranting about Carty's political views would be an editorial.

I think, liberal Dem, that you have made an astute point about Mr. Finkbeiner's views, which have a very GOP-esque quality about them this year.

liberal_dem said...

"Mr. Finkbeiner's views, which have a very GOP-esque quality about them this year."

...not to mention the endorsement by Republican Rob Ludeman.

I've also noticed that yards which were covered last November in BUSH-CHENEY signs are covered today yellow and black. The reason I know is that I worked for the KERRY-EDWARDS Committee last year and many of those yards also sported those infamous 'Catholics Against Kerry' signs.

Carty the con man.