A term in review: Mayor Hicks-Hudson looks back on years in office
Toledo, OH. (WNWO)--
"Some people said that you should kick back and probably some of my staff said that you should kick back, but I was elected to run the city as the mayor and until my term is up that's what I'm going to do," said Toledo's current Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.
Hicks-Hudson's journey within the office has been, busy.
"First year campaigning to keep the job, the 2016 campaign for levies, so that the city would have financial stability and then this last year running to keep the seat," said the Mayor.
The Former Toledo City Council President was was sworn in February 2015 after the passing of D. Michael Collins.
Though her original entrance was abrupt, that hasn't stopped her from moving the city forward.
"Each summer we've had safe drinking water since I've been mayor, and we've expanded on the water treatment plant, we've worked on delivering service in neighborhoods, residential roads," said hicks-Hudson.
Before losing her recent bid for reelection, Hicks-Hudson said she planned to do more collaborations with local schools and community development.
But she says she also knows her time in office was well recieved.
"We had the Christmas tree lighting last Friday and a gentleman came last year that came this year again talking about some of the improvements in terms of delivery," said hicks-Hudson.
While the current Mayor says she's proud of her time in office, she does admit to a possible misstep-- that the administration didn't taut it's accomplishments.
"The regret maybe that citizens didn't hear that message or they got clouded by we can do better, of course we can do better," said Hicks-Hudson.
If you ask Hicks Hudson what's next, you won't get a concret answer.She doesn't know. But whatever it will be, there's one thing she knows for certain.
"It has to be within those confines of how do I impact the comumntiy, how do I make the difference, how do I make a difference for others," said Hicks-Hudson.