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Santiago sworn in as new
at-large Toledo City Councilperson


On Tuesday, May 23, Toledo City Council voted for city attorney Lourdes Santiago to replace Bob McCloskey, who vacated his at-large seat on May 2, 2006 due to the filing of several bribery counts against him by the Lucas County prosecutor. Santiago was recommended by the Lucas County Democratic Party and its Hispanic/Latino Caucus. Santiago, 56, is not related to Cleveland Councilman Joe Santiago.  


Also nominated Tuesday was Bob Vásquez. The final vote was 7 to 4, in favor of Santiago.  Councilpersons Michael Ashford, Phil Copeland, Ellen Gracheck, and Frank Szollosi voted for Vásquez.

Lourdes Santiago


Vásquez, who ran unsuccessfully for council in November of 2005, garnered almost 29,000 votes in the 2005 election and was approximately 2,500 votes shy in winning one of the 6 seats available.  He says he will be a candidate for this seat in November.


The vote came after a futile effort by Mike Craig, the apparent victor in the city council District 3 election on May 2, to be sworn in to his seat prior to the vote to fill the at-large vacancy.

Craig wins by 5 and wants to be the District 3 representative for the McCloskey replacement vote 


According to the Lucas County Board of Elections, its final, official tally was concluded Monday with Craig winning the Toledo City District 3 Council seat by 5 votes over incumbent Taylor Balderas, who was endorsed by the Lucas County Democratic Party and its Hispanic/Latino Caucus.


Due to the closeness of the vote, there will be an automatic recount after 5 days. Craig argued that in light of the official vote that Tuesday’s vote for Bob McCloskey’s Council-at-Large seat be postponed until after the recount but Toledo City Council President Rob Ludeman put a nix to this request in a preliminary statement.


Taylor Balderas

Click here for more photos and the November article Latino candidates celebrate victories in the cities of Cleveland, Lorain, and Toledo, and Franklin County






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