Mayoral candidates campaign until the last minute
Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)--
"God said to me you're going to be mayor" said Opal Covey Repulican and 6 time mayoral candidate,
On Tuesday's ballot--13 candidates for Toledo city council at large seats And four candidates for mayor.
"We've invested a lot in our democracy almost 250 years a lot of people have sacrificed and died for this right," said Wade Kapszukiewic Lucas County Treasurer.
Residents have to choose between four mayoral candidates including : Kapszukiewic, Toledo's current mayor Paula Hicks Hudson, city councilman Tom Waniewski and Opal Covey in her 6th bid for mayor.
"Yes I'm running for mayor again but I shouldn't have to be because my votes were stolen," said Covey.
Each candidate is running on a different platform. Those running for mayor will trim from fourto two candidates. The top two vote recipients will face off in November's general election.
"Rethink, rebuild and restore--completely different than what's been happening for the last 10, 20,30 years," said Waniewski of his platform.
Some are highlighting what they say is a new perspective. Kapszukiewic says he wants to restructure city government.
"We're never going to reach our full potential as a city if we can't pave our roads, fill our potholes,make sure it streets are safe."
Others are looking at long term plans. Covey says she wants to turn Toledo into a tourist town while Mayor Hicks-Hudson says she's looking to bring further development to the city.
"I never feel confident," said Hicks-Hudson. " I feel that you have to work very hard and I think we have a good message to tell. The response I received from voters has been very positive."
The council candidates will be cut down from 13 to 12 after Tuesday's results.Those remaining will compete for the 6 at large council seats in November.