District Three is perhaps the most unique of the six city
council districts, because it includes all of East Toledo and
the Old South End, areas on both sides of the Maumee River. But
both areas have significant Latino populations, so it also may
be the most important council district to the Latino community
However, no Latinos filed to run for any district seats.
At-large council member Gary Johnson is the lone Latino
among the elected body. The number of people who vote on each
side of the river is about the same, according to Ujvagi, with a
slight edge going to the Eastside.
All three candidates are seeking to succeed Ujvagi, an outgoing
council member who announced earlier this year he would not seek
re-election so that he could focus on his health. Ujvagi is a
former Toledo City Council president, state representative, and
once served as Lucas County administrator.
stated he decided to run again this year after the “tragic
16-year old Alexia Carey occurred right in front of his
home and his 10-year old granddaughter. According to Cook, “no
neighbor should have to witness this” and “no family should have
to endure this.” But he contends events like that shooting play
out in other city neighborhoods and council districts.
“My wife, Irma, and I have been married 48 years. It’s where we
raised our family. But I have witnessed over the years how we
steadily lost control of our neighborhoods to crime and blight,”
Cook wrote in a recent op-ed piece. “We failed to adequately
address infrastructure concerns in our neighborhoods, like our
streets and sidewalks. Some homes in our older neighborhoods
endanger families and the children because of lead-based paint.”
Cook, who has lived his entire life in District 3, also wants to
improve Toledo’s neighborhood groups “to make use of the latest
technology” so social media won’t cause situations on social
media he claims led to the death of Ms. Carey.
In addition to addressing blight, Cook wants to “redevelop and
rebuild” neighborhoods for “the next generation,” part of his
personal commitment to leave things better than when he found
them, a lesson learned from his father.
bills herself as an “experienced community leader” and
“community organizer.” She is a fourth-generation Toledoan who
has spent the past decade working at Waite High School as
an educational interpreter. She has a bachelor’s degree from the
University of Toledo.
know first-hand the frustrations faced by the residents of
District 3 and believe I have the leadership skills and
determination to meet those challenges head on,” she wrote in a
recent op-ed piece. “Vibrant, clean, safe neighborhoods are
vital, and I promise to work hard with all law enforcement
agencies to provide better solutions for the citywide addiction
crisis, to support hiring more police officers, to properly
staff fire departments, and to improve city services.”
Ms. Gadus also touted her community involvement as chairman of
One Voice for East Toledo and as a team leader for
Operation Safe Growth, as well as a facilitator for the
East Toledo Main Street Initiative, which sought to bring
businesses and community services to the Main Street corridor of
East Toledo. Another focus will be on at-risk youth, as she is
proposing to create a “public-private endowment” for
improvements and programs at city parks and a partnership with
juvenile court to “provide
programming, education and expanded recreation programs.”
defends his political independence and youth as assets that
would benefit Toledo City Council. He will graduate this
December with a master’s degree in law.
He is trying to set himself apart from his older opponents by
stating he has published his “real plans to solve real problems,
not generic talking points.” He intends to focus on crime
prevention, “rotting neighborhoods,” “the neglect of our youth,”
“the decay of Lake Erie and this planet,” and the “disastrous
way this district operates divided.”
“I’m the only candidate who will put in the manual labor,
legislative focus, and managerial leadership needed to
simultaneously solve multitudes of our issues,” Worthington
wrote in a recent op-ed piece. “My education, experience,
relatability, and demeanor put me well beyond my years.
Complementarily, my youth grants me the speed, technological
skills, stamina, and physicality to do so much more for our
Worthington labels himself “a true public servant” who notes he
will turn 25 before the general election and points out Mayor
Wade Kapszukiewicz began serving on city council at age 26.
Editor’s Note: The primary election in Toledo is September
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