Thursday, January 29, 2009


A summary of the responses by the politicians offers open-ended rhetoric with lofty goals and sweeping praise of Toledo potential. Each expounded on the need for jobs, growing the economy, offering alternative energy, and improving education; however, no one offered a platform of processes to attain such lofty goals or reach Toledo potential.

The tally by classification has (24) references stressing the qualities or lack of qualities of Toledo; because Ludeman solely focused on Mayoral qualities, “ethic”, was second followed by education. There was very little reference to infrastructure and safety, which is surprising since these are two of the major mandates of the city.

Finally, there was no mention of refuse collection or recycling even though it has been the center of debate and controversy since the refuse fee was passed 2 years ago and the refuse department is preparing to spend millions of dollars to invest in new equipment.

Tally by classification (click on image to enlarge)

Collins/Future of Toledo/Vision
Collins/Opportunity for academic, economic and cultural advancement/Growth
Collins/Join together (regionally)/Vision
Collins/Realistic goals/Vision
Collins/Location 2nd to none/Vision
Collins/Crossroads of America and Canada/Vision
Collins/Adjust from an industrial/manufacturing economy/Economy
Collins/To research, development and service economy are limitless/Economy
Collins/Excel in the areas of alternative energy and biological/pharmaceutical development./Green
Collins/Void of respect, communication and trust/Vision
Collins/Unable to partner with our neighbors/Vision
Collins/Ensure we will provide for future generations (children)/Vision
Konop/Don’t like what we see/Vision
Konop/Lead country in solar technology and manufacturing/Green
Konop/Children and displaced workers receive quality college education free/Education
Konop/Bolster work force to draw employers/Jobs
Konop/Envied by neighbors/Vision
Konop/Pass torch from “good ol’ boys” network/Ethic
Konop/Scratch each other’s backs/Ethic
Konop/Fight for Toledo/Vision
Konop/Stand up to special interests/Ethic
Konop/Make sure your voice is heard/Social
Ludeman/Encouraged by many to run, needs ½ million to run/Ethic
Ludeman/High financial cost of high profile race/Ethic
Ludeman/Toledo wants change/Vision
Ludeman/Qualities needed for mayor:/Ethic
Ludeman/Conservative, specifically – financially/Ethic
Ludeman/Allegiances should be to citizens and taxpayers/Ethic
Ludeman/Background rooted in business community/Vision
Ludeman/Run city like a business not a political team or sports team/Ethic
Ludeman/Surrounded by good staff, hard workers/Ethic
Ludeman/Delegate, not control, tempo of work force/Ethic
Ludeman/Be honest, admit mistakes, move on/Ethic
Ludeman/Have faith, treat others well/Ethic
Ludeman/Have good, solid working relationship with City Council/Ethic
Ludeman/Need “change” in City Council at next election/Ethic
Ludeman/Replace those who have proved they are self-serving/Ethic
Ludeman/Issues change with time, core values should not./Ethic
Moody/Hard working and innovative/Vision
Moody/Confront and overcome challenges/Vision
Moody/Don,t rely on Federal Government to bail us out/Vision
Moody/Listen to suggestions and recommendations of neighbors/Ethic
Moody/Form team to work with current economic development agencies/Growth
Moody/Create environment in which business can flourish/Business
Moody/Get out of the way of business/Business
Moody/Create right environment for growth/Growth
Moody/Promote home ownership/Social
Moody/Prevent neglect and decay of homes/Infrastructure
Moody/Promote public safety/Safety
Moody/No government subsidies to accomplish the above/Ethic
Moody/Properly manned police force/Safety
Moody/Punish criminals to discourage repeat offenses/Safety
Moody/Much to be done/Vision
Moody/‘Brain drain’/Social
Moody/Tourism desirability/Social
Moody/Public perception/Social
Moody/Population flight/Social
Sarantou/3 issues will dominate/Vision
Sarantou/Toledo hit hard by economy: lost jobs, employers and wealth/Vision
Sarantou/Seize opportunity; diversify economic base and work force/Business
Sarantou/Growing reputation as solar energy hub/Vision
Sarantou/Private sector encouraged by UT/Business
Sarantou/Intensify work to become world leader in alternative energy/Green
Sarantou/Must confront education obstacles and opportunities/Education
Sarantou/Support UT efforts to support region and educate work force/Education
Sarantou/Face challenges of K-12/Education
Sarantou/Quality schools are prerequisites to future success/Education
Sarantou/Anticipate future trends/Vision
Sarantou/Willingness to take risks/Vision
Sarantou/Conviction to make difficult decisions/Ethic
Wilkowski/Running to bring jobs back to Toledo/Jobs
Wilkowski/Real plans and best team to implement/Vision
Wilkowski/Rebuild Toledo, create construction jobs/Infrastructure
Wilkowski/Re-power our homes and business with clean energy/Green
Wilkowski/Revitalize manufacturing through solar panel manufacturing/Green
Wilkowski/City has done nothing to spur growth of clean energy economy and green collar jobs/Green
Wilkowski/Economic opportunity begins with education/Education
Wilkowski/Put college in reach of everyone/Education
Wilkowski/“Owens Success” “UT Guarantee” for education/Education
Wilkowski/“Toledo Promise”/Education
Wilkowski/Every graduating public student receives tuition-free Ohio college education/Education
Wilkowski/Community where/Vision
Wilkowski/Industry wants to invest/Growth
Wilkowski/Family wants to live/Social
Wilkowski/Young people want to stay/Social

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