Toledo City Council At Large
Toledo City Council is the legislative branch of City Government and operates in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the City of Toledo, first adopted by the voters in 1914 and amended by the voters from time to time.Legislative authority in the City is vested in a twelve-member Council. Six members of the Council are elected at-large and six from districts; all for four-year terms.
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Tony Dia "Unexpired"
Katie Moline "Unexpired"
What experiences have you had that will enable you to fulfill this office's responsibilities?
What are your highest priorities when you are elected, and how will you accomplish them?
I have been self employed my whole adult life. I believe with dialogue we can accomplish anything. I have been in Toledo my whole life and the success of this diamond in a rough is my number one priority.
National average says a city should have 3.5 officers per 1000 citizens, Toledo is at 2.2 average and I want to work to bring it up at least to the minimum average of 3.5. I believe City Road projects shouldn’t be started with cones being placed out unless they are ready to complete the job immediately. I will remove any unnecessary red tape that hinders small businesses in Toledo. We need to light up the streets and neighborhoods beginning with areas with the highest crime. Citizens will feel safer and criminals don’t like committing crime in a well lit area.
I will accomplish all of the above with cutting unnecessary fat starting on the first floor of the government center and working my way up to the last floor of the government center.
High School diploma from Central Catholic High School, Bachelor of Arts with honors from Miami University, International Masters Degree from European University at St. Petersburg, Russia, Ohio Licensed Certified Public Accountant
My experience and training as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and my previous public service make me uniquely qualified to be on Council. I have experience auditing major businesses and public institutions, that I utilize on council to provide financial oversight of taxpayer dollars for the citizens of Toledo. The impacts COVID-19 have amplified our existing strained budget issues. Through my work on Council I have focused my expertise on improving the city finances.
The leadership example set by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in helping working families in my community was an excellent experience. She showed me the importance of listening to the community and using legislation to improve the lives of Ohioans. That experience influences how I work with constituents of Toledo. Since the start of my term, I have helped Toledoans on issues from water bills to wheelchair ramps. If re-elected I will continue to serve all Toledoans.
My goal is to maintain good levels of public safety service, demand accurate and transparent financial information for the tax-payers and continue to be the watchdog of taxpayer dollars, and increase ethical standards for elected officials through structural campaign finance reform. I will continue to look at the budget to ensure we fund police and fire classes adequately, similar to what I accomplished earlier this year when I found money and sponsored legislation to help fund the 2020 police class. I will continue to provide oversight and be the watchdog of taxpayer dollars. I will continue to ask hard questions and analyze if the money is right in order to legislate and vote in the best interest of the citizens of Toledo. I will continue to work toward substantive change to address ethical issues on City Council.
Ultimately, my goal is to continue demonstrating a track record for action and working toward a more accountable and transparent City Government.
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