Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Unity, Teamwork, Victory

Thank you to voters for their support of LucasCountyDemocrats.org! Our message of job creation, support for police, fire and municipal workers, and better city services AND our unity and teamwork led to an impressive performance across the board:

Mayor Ford will represent his supporters and everyone else who opposed the re-emergence of Carty Finkbeiner (a very, very large percentage of the vote).

My council colleague Phil Copeland and I finished 2nd and 4th respectively.

And our fellow Democrats finished in a statistical dead-heat for 6th place:

Shanahan 505 votes from 6th, or 0.33 percent
McConnell Hancock 628 votes from 6th, or 0.36 percent
Vasquez 942 votes from 6th, or 0.54 percent

Dave Schulz, a Republican, next finished 3,282 votes from 6th or 1.87 percent out.

Looking forward to analyzing the precinct by precinct returns.

14 Comments:

Blogger historymike said...

I can't believe that McCloskey was the top-votegetter.

It's almost as if the voters put more value on sleaziness as a candidate characterisitc, as McCloskey and Betty Schultz - this year's poster children for negotiable virtue - wound up #1 and #3.

Congratulations, Frank. You even passed George Sarantou, who has appeal across both parties. At least there will be a few councilpersons not ethically-challenged in the next term.

9:07 PM  
Blogger billy said...

The blade has a couple of interesting articles today:

this one -

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050915/NEWS09/509150347/-1/NEWS Says that if elected Sobczak may have to leave the room if certain issues are discussed? Gee, that'd make me feel all warm and fuzzy if I was one of his constituants!! Why the hell would he run anyway knowing that to be the caaes??

then the second one - No news here:


http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050915/NEWS09/509150399/-1/NEWS

Jack's got the central city behind him, and that's it. The psycho is gonna be back in One Govt center by November 9th and fruit loops will be the special in the cafeteria for another 4 years...

8:36 AM  
Blogger liberal_dem said...

So it seems that Betty Schultz, Bob McCloskey and now Sobczak have some 'problems' which might impede them from fulfilling their obligations on City Council.

I'm glad that I voted for none of hte above!

10:15 AM  
Blogger billy said...

here's another good story - and a big ol thank you to the present administration for p*ssing away this one!!

Toledo Storm Hockey Team Sold
Sept 15, 2005, 8:38 AM
TOLEDO -- News 11 has learned the Toledo Storm was sold this week to former owner Barry Soskin of Chicago. Storm General Manager Michael Miller would not confirm or deny the story, but several reliable sources have confirmed that the team has been sold.

Soskin was original owner of the ECHL franchise, and even sold it to Tim Gladieux a few years ago. Now he gets it back.

There's been an effort locally to have Lucas County and the Mud Hens buy the Storm franchise, but that fell through when there was no guarantee the Sports Arena would still be standing until a new Toledo arena was built.

Soskin can stay in Toledo and wait for an arena, or could take his franchise elsewhere.

Mike Miller, Mud Hens' president, told News 11 his group may still pursue a new hockey franchise once the new arena is built in the Fifth Third Field neighborhood.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Great show for the LCD PAC! Some great candidates and new faces to get excited about.

Could Mark Sobzak just drop out NOW? Show Toledo citizens some respect! If he has to abstain in "many many" decisions if elected, he is just warming a seat that should be filled by a council member really working to make to make Toledo better. Maybe he should only get half a seat if he were elected?

Sounds like Sobzak thinks representing some 300,000 or so people would be too tough for him to handle and that if he had to choose, between his "day job" and Council, he'd choose to give up the Council seat. What the heck? Guess he does not consider an At Large Council seat a real job? Get out already!

If he cannot show good judgment, commitment, or integrity as a candidate now-- it sure as hell isn't going to get any better if he were elected! If he cannot see the numerous conflicts of interest, he has a serious lack of foresight and planning that I do not want in a person making decisions about the city my family and I call home!

Dan Eble

6:18 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Dan, you made this comment:

If he cannot show good judgment, commitment, or integrity as a candidate now--

That's question if asked of more than just Sobczak would lessen the field of candidates quite a bit.

If we are not going to demand integrity from all? Why only selectively apply it? It's obvious quite a few voters don't care about integrity given the results of this primary.

1:48 PM  
Blogger billy said...

Lisa, you are 100% on the money, as is Dan.

On this forum Betty has been outed, but McCloskey and Sobcsak will get a pass...

3:53 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Lisa and Billy, you are right. It is not fair to target only Sobzak. It is just that he was the most salient candidate of the day. Betty Shultz's integrity is about as high as a lot of our gas gauges lately... super low. I respect her senior status, but not her inability to admit mistakes or her lack of intergrity to return her ill gotton booty from Tom Noe. This WILL cost her in the general elections, or else we are not as bright as I would hope...

Bob McCloskey's support defies an enlightened logic. I just don't get it. Circumventing term limits to serve his own interests? Does he think we are fools? Or does he offer something to the city that we really need to grow and become prosperous? I am still waiting to see that from him...

Thanks!

Dan Eble

10:36 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

You didn't cover all of those that had integrity issues Dan, but that's a good start.

:-)

12:56 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Well, first I need to say that I am clearly a Dem 99.8% of the time. Heck, I might vote for McCain if he were local. That being said, I am thrilled with the new LucasCountyDemocrats.org PAC and their candidates. Not all are perfect, but since when does
one need to be perfect to be a good person or leader?

I look for good judgment consistently over time, progressive ideas, compassion, and courage among other
things when choosing to support a candidate.

The two At Large Candidates I know best have the backbones, compassion, good judgement and the integrity I look for in leaders. Frank is of course one. The other is a relative
newcomer as a candidate, but a guy with a lot of experience, Bob Vasquez
, you might check him out.

Thanks!

Dan

3:57 AM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I'm not a democrat at all, nor am I a Toledo voter. I'm a "libertarian type independent who leans to the left". Toledo is important to the burbs though and many seem to forget that.

Candidates I support or endorse or like (Frank as one example) are because I feel they would or are doing a good job for Toledo.

Bob Vasquez is another one. So is Karen Shanahan. Mitch Balonek didn't make it, I would have preferred to see him over Terry Shankland. Dave Shulz made it. Will this election be like most of those in the past where there will only be maybe one new face? Probably, Karyn McConnell Hancock is the only one I see who is in danger at this point.

There were only two incumbents I did support, one of those was Frank.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

OK, Lisa I am confused. You are not a Toledoan, but you supported two incombants. Something got lost in translation.

While a Dem to the core, I do have some suprisingly conservative views. Glad you found Bob Vasquez worthy of note, he's a good guy who cares about Toledo, kids, and seniors.

Dan

5:04 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Support as in write about, encourage others to consider, etc. I've never claimed to live in the city limits of Toledo, and it's ironic that some of us that live in the burbs seem to care a bit more about what is happening than some of the registered voters of Toledo.

What you all do in Toledo affects us, if Toledo prospers? We do, if Toledo fails? We do.

While I'd prefer to have more independent/third party candidates, I also realize that good candidates should be supported no matter the party affiliation.

That's where I am coming from Dan.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

good point Lisa, makes more sense to me now. I agree the burbs are very entertwined with the fate and growth of Toledo proper. Glad to see you are one of the enlightened ones...

dan

11:29 PM  

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