Feb 15, 2006

Maggie Thurber Not Seeking Reelection

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Left: Outgoing county commissioner Maggie Thurber

(Toledo, OH) As first reported on 1370 WSPD, Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber will not seek another term in the November election.

Thurber said that the decision was made "late last year," and that she would likely not seek another office for "at least four years."

She cited the toll that a high-profile political life has taken on her and her family as the reason for her decision. Thurber also said that she made the decision with state and local GOP leaders.

This leaves the seat without an incumbent, and I expect an all-out war between the "A" Team, "B" Team, and the Republicans for this coveted post.

I had an email exchange with Maggie the other day, and she mentioned she would be out of town tomorrow; I failed to make the connection to the significance of the electoral filing deadline.

George Sarantou will likely be the GOP frontrunner, although I once thought he would run for mayor of Toledo in 2009. Ben Konop, Toledo City Councilman Phil Copeland and Maumee Mayor Tim Wagener are the leading declared Democrats.

Addendum, 10:24 PM: Lisa Renee at Liberal Common Sense astutely noted that the Toledo Free Press has the entire text of Maggie's announcement.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good riddance. There is a God.

Anonymous said...

You liberals really enjoy kicking someone when they're down, don't you????

Lisa Renee said...

Mike, I just posted you wrote about it from what you heard on WSPD, mutal linking....

and I see the battles of the anonymouses...

:-)

historymike said...

Yikes! I leave for 10 minutes and the war has started.

Be nice, y'all!

Anonymous said...

I think it is a sad, but correct decision for Maggie to make.

When the furor dies down and the Blade has quit fanning the flames, I think what she did will fall into perspective and perhaps an older and wiser Maggie will emerge.

I would challenge the leaders of the Democratic party to state for the record that no sort of money laundering never occured on that side. OF course, they could not. It's done all the time.

historymike said...

Very true, anonymous.

I think the staute of limitations is up, so I can admit that I have bought tables at fundraisers for candidates at a point in my life when I had more dough (and wanted to buy a little influence).

I plunked down $200 bucks a few times for ten tickets and wrote it off, then gave the tickets away.

Multiply by 100, and it's the same thing.

Frank said...

You liberals really enjoy kicking someone when they're down, don't you????

Actually, its the "Compassionate Conservative" who seems to enjoy it.

Lloyd said...

At least you have her picture correct Mike.

Mrs. Phoenix said...

Goodbye, Mrs. Thurber. As a volunteer for Self-Expression Teen Theater and 1 of many observers from a summer ago where you spoke to the SETT youth, commended them on the great works they were and continue doing in Lucas County to combat violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, then LIED straight to their faces about County funding, I am quite glad to see you go. I doubt that you were supportive last year of SETT as a recipient of County funding, as I doubt you will be this year. The youth and families of this financially (i.e. clean audits) and programmatically strong organization DO NOT need you.

Anonymous said...

I am the anonymous from #1 post in regards to 'Good Riddance. There is God'--does not make me liberal nor I am one either. I said it because she is arrogant and she does not speak for me as a Lucas County resident because she twists her platform on issues on the whim of which direction is the wind coming from. She whines and complains about what her other co-commissioners does. What has she done for the county is the real question--so once again I will not miss her and the only correct thing she has done in her political career was not to run for re-election. Amen!

liberal_dem said...

WEll, Mike, I was going to leave a comment on your post in TOLEDO TALK but it seems I have been banned from the site.

I guess my comments were way too 'liberal' for TOLEDO TALK. I wonder who else was banned by jr?

Limedrops911

-Sepp said...

In my oppinion, the entire commissioner's office should be cleaned out and disinfected. Never cared too much for Skeldon-Wozniak or Gerkin. My prediction is that Frank Szollosi will be making a beeline for the post since being a Ford crony on city council is rapidly facing extinction.

Mrs. Phoenix said...

Mrs. Thurber, if you supported SETT with your "own" money, how much did you donate?

historymike said...

LD:

I only recall one other poster being officially "banned" at Toledo Talk, and that was a hard right winger.

Email jr and see if this is temporary.

liberal_dem said...

Email jr and see if this is temporary.

No thanks, Mike.

As the old saying goes, "Once banned twice shy."

I'll just spend more time on my own blog as I have been neglecting it for several weeks. Of course, I'll be visiting with you and other bloggers as well.

Lisa Renee said...

Jr wrote it was temporary on Toledo Talk,

Shields up. Things will be this way for at least the rest of the month. And save the e-mail complaints unless you want them posted here. I don't give a damn who doesn't like these decisions. They are temporary, even LD's account deactivation. My standard answer is to start your own message board. Simple. That's freedom, baby.

-Sepp said...

Lisa renee, right on with your answer to "LD" (learning disability?) After reading some of liberal dem's posts here and elsewhere I have noticed the common theme is a total lack of common sense and parroted rhetoric. His arguements tend to be merely disruptive in order to provoke hostility rather than engage in any meaningfull dialog. I'm surprised that more sites haven't banned him also.

Lisa Renee said...

Sepp, I didn't write that, I was quoting a small portion of what Jr wrote on Toledo talk.

I don't always agree with the way lib dem has done things, but our "relationship" has been civil, I know it's not that way with everyone else but? Even when I think he's gone to far? It takes at least two people to have a confrontation and I've personally found most times flame war type squabbles don't accomplish much so I try to stick to things I enjoy posting about and I try really hard to follow a critique the message not the messenger way of life. Not always successful at it because at times things do get more heated or emotional than they should but that's what I aim for.

This thread is one example of how some people feel it necessary to slam Maggie personally rather than be objective and if they had criticisms have it based on her performance as a Lucas County Commmissioner.

Stefan Schmidt said...

LD:

I only recall one other poster being officially "banned" at Toledo Talk, and that was a hard right winger.

Email jr and see if this is temporary.
======

What kind of ‘right-winger’ was he?

I personally find it funny that people could have such an aversion to different points of view that they actually ban people (speaking from experience here; I have been banned several times in the last five months).

Why? What good does this accomplish? Do they think that by not reading the opinion the opinion disappears?


BTW,

I am too curious, what is so shocking about LD?

historymike said...

Liberal Dem sometimes used Toledo Talk in a way that could be described as baiting; while I sometimes laughed at his techniques, the Toledo Talk board has evolved into a much more serious board where flame wars are discouraged.

The other poster was named "swd," and the reason for his banning was an off-color, mocking post when Peter Jennings died, but he had a history of personal attacks against posters that preceded the banning.

It's just a decision made by one board moderator, who has prided himself on a lower-key Web presence dedicated to dicsussing local issues and promoting regional development.

-Sepp said...

My mistake lisa renee. Herr Schmidt, there is nothing "shocking" about LD. The trouble with his posts is that they tend to be extremely parochial and in many cases just plain childish. He has been known to post under one name and answer under another. I have no problem with any poster that can exchange in reasonable dialog.

Lisa Renee said...

Sepp, no problem, I didn't want to take credit for something that I didn't write.

:-)

Like I wrote elsewhere, I'm sorry it came to what happened with LD but I do like the idea of making Toledo Talk local focused again.

Anonymous said...

Limedrops is off Toledo Talk!?!?!?

Woohoo!!!

I'm sure Liberal Dem and Anonymous Coward will disappear too.

Limedrops did not get banned for being "too liberal". He got banned for being too obnoxious.

As the first person to suggest his banishment, I'd like a little credit for making Toledo Talk a better place to read and post although I applaud JR for his decisive action.

MemyselfandI

Hooda Thunkit said...

See ya around Maggie...