Left: One Government Center, courtesy of city of Toledo website
As a journalist I have the obligation to maintain a level of fairness and objectivity in what I write. I am therefore going to avoid any direct endorsement of particular candidates on my blog.
I will, however, share with you some general thoughts on the field of at-large candidates, and summarize the "Candidates I Cannot Vote For."
Betty Schultz - Betty, like Bob McCloskey, is violating the spirit of the city charter in her run for an at-large seat. In addition, her likely status as a Noe conduit for laundering campaign cash makes her, in my opinion, a candidate who should not be elected to an at-large seat.
Bob McCloskey - Another candidate who is violating the spirit of 12-year limit for council members. Bob is also weighed down by campaign violations for his signage, and his cozy relationship wih billboard operator Brock Rimelin borders on the sleazy. Finally, let us not forget that Bob is the central figure in the $10 million lawsuit that the city of Toledo will be defending in February; many people have called his actions "extortion."
Karyn McConnell-Hancock - Her summertime attempt to use her position as a councilperson to get out of a parking ticket, while seemingly petty, nonetheless speaks volumes about her belief that she is above the law.