Teamwork Toledo Launch Press Conference - Updated

WHO: Teamwork Toledo

WHAT: Official Launch of Coalition Campaign

WHEN: Monday May 18, 2009 3 p.m.

WHERE: International Park

WHY: To Introduce Independent Coalition of Candidates for Toledo City Council

Teamwork Toledo will officially launch a collective campaign for Toledo City Council at a press conference on Monday, May 18, 3 p.m. at International Park. All six candidates who represent Teamwork Toledo will run as an independent slate.

The announcement will occur in the same location as the Toledo Tax Day Tea Party, where the idea of Teamwork Toledo was conceived one month ago.

Teamwork Toledo consists of six first-time candidates—30 and 40-something professionals and small business owners, like-minded individuals who want to reclaim city government on behalf of its citizens. Teamwork Toledo is a group of fiscal conservatives with a social conscience.

Teamwork Toledo stands for three basic principles: no new taxes, back-to-basics government, and a business-friendly community. Teamwork Toledo seeks to restore a common-sense approach to city government.

The six candidates who comprise Teamwork Toledo are John Adams, Jr., Ty Daniels, Tricia Lyons, Kevin Milliken, David Washington, and Michael Watson.
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PHOTOs Copyright 2009 John Pollock
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Statement
(KEVIN)
GOOD AFTERNOON…

I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE MEMBERS OF TEAMWORK TOLEDO, A COALITION OF FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE, SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS MEN AND WOMEN WHO CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY AND ITS FUTURE.

WE WANT TO MAKE TOLEDO A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, PLAY—AND DO BUSINESS.

WE ARE OFFERING NEW IDEAS, FRESH SOLUTIONS, AND OUR COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE TO HELP MOVE OUR CITY FORWARD.

WE MEN AND WOMEN COME FROM THREE DIFFERENT ZIP CODES ACROSS TOLEDO…30 AND 40-SOMETHING PROFESSIONALS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS… RUNNING AS A TEAM FOR TOLEDO CITY COUNCIL.

YOU MAY ASK…WHY THE PHRASE “TEAMWORK TOLEDO”?

IT’S A PLAY ON WORDS…FROM A PHRASE COINED BY A CITY ADMINISTRATION IN THE 1990’S…TEAM TOLEDO.

TO PUT IT BLUNTLY, WE DON’T BELIEVE “TEAM TOLEDO” IS WORKING FOR ITS CITIZENS.

BUT TEAMWORK TOLEDO WILL—LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS WORKING TOGETHER ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE JUST LIKE US—TOLEDOANS.

AS AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, WE REPRESENT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY—WE ARE CITIZENS, TOO—TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS WHO ARE JUST AS FRUSTRATED AS OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.

THAT IS WHY WE ARE OFFERING OURSELVES AS TEAMWORK TOLEDO. IF WE CONTINUE TO COMPLAIN AND DO NOTHING, WE’LL GET JUST THAT—NOTHING.

PEOPLE LEAVE, NOTHING IMPROVES, NOTHING CHANGES.

HOWEVER, AS A GROUP, AS A TEAM, WORKING TOGETHER—WE CAN BE A POSITIVE FORCE—TO RECLAIM OUR COMMUNITY, RESTORE ITS BRUISED AND BATTERED IMAGE, AND RESURRECT A BRIGHER FUTURE.

(MICHAEL)

OUR MESSAGE IS SIMPLE—AND STRAIGHTFORWARD..

WE’RE HERE THIS AFTERNOON TO SAY THREE BASIC THINGS:

NUMBER ONE: NO NEW TAXES!!!”

IF ELECTED…THERE ARE ENOUGH VOTES RIGHT HERE TO BLOCK ANY PROPOSAL TO INCREASE TAXES, FEES, OR SERVICE CHARGES THAT WOULD REACH DEEPER INTO THE POCKETS OF TAXPAYERS AND BUSINESSES. THAT IS OUR PROMISE AND OUR PLEDGE TO YOU. ENOUGH ALREADY!

NUMBER TWO…OUR CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD GET BACK TO THE BASICS—PUBLIC SAFETY…WE STAND WITH OUR BRAVE AND HONORABLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE AS POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS, PROTECTING OUR HOMES…PROPERTIES AND FAMILIES.

WE STAND BEHIND THE DEDICATED CREWS WHO COLLECT TRASH, SMOOTH OUT OUR STREETS…AND KEEP OUR SEWER AND WATER SYSTEMS RUNNING EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY…AND HONORABLY.

(TY)
WE ALSO STAND BEHIND A BACK-TO-BASICS BUDGET—THOSE PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC SERVICES ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED BY THE CITY CHARTER …AND SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONES PROVIDED UNTIL THE ECONOMY IMPROVES.

THERE ARE OTHER MEANS TO PROVIDE YOUTH SPORTS, OPEN POOLS, AND HELP OUR LESS-FORTUNATE RESIDENTS. WE WILL USE THOSE MEANS—FUNDRAISING, VOLUNTEERISM, AND MENTORING – IN OTHER WORDS, THE HEART, SOUL, AND SPIRIT OF OUR GIVING AND CARING COMMUNITY—TO ENSURE THOSE SERVICES CAN BE DONE IN OTHER WAYS.

NUMBER THREE…WE WANT TO MAKE TOLEDO A BUSINESS-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN.

RECENTLY, FORBES-DOT-COM RANKED THE GLASS CITY DEAD-LAST AMONG MEDIUM-SIZED CITIES FOR A RESIDENT’S ABILITY TO FIND A JOB.
IN OTHER WORDS…WE RANK DEAD-LAST IN BRINGING IN BUSINESS THAT CREATE JOBS. THAT’S NOT A DISTINCTION WE EMBRACE.

WE ALL REALIZE THAT GOVERNMENT DOESN’T CREATE JOBS, BUT FOSTERS AND ENVIRONMENT WHERE IT CAN HAPPEN…AND ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES TO RETAIN, GROW AND CREATE JOBS.

WE INTEND TO THROW OPEN TOLEDO’S GATEWAYS TO INVESTMENT, EXPANSION, AND JOB CREATION ONCE AGAIN.

WE WILL PROPOSE AND BACK EFFORTS TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO BUSINESS OWNERS…PROMOTE WAYS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR US TO ATTRACT JOBS… AND LET INVESTORS KNOW THEIR DOLLARS ARE INDEED WELCOME IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IN OTHER WORDS…WE WILL REDUCE REGULATIONS ON BUSINESS, PROMOTE A ONE-STOP SHOP TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS FOR PERMITS AND FEES, AND INSTITUTE THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET FOR APPLICATIONS AND APPROVALS.

(JOHN)
ALL SIX OF US ARE TOLEDOANS, JUST LIKE THE 300-THOUSAND PLUS TAXPAYERS AND RESIDENTS, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WE WOULD LIKE TO REPRESENT.

MANY ARE FRUSTRATED, WONDERING WHAT TO DO. WE SHARE THOSE FRUSTRATIONS.

THAT FRUSTRATION MUST BE MET WITH ACTION--. POSITIVE ACTION TO COUNTER COMPLAINING, ATTACK APATHY, AND HARBOR HOPE.

TEAMWORK TOLEDO, AMONG ITS CANDIDATES, HAS EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE IN SOME CRITICAL AREAS VITAL TO OUR FUTURE:

--THE AUTO INDUSTRY
--INTERMODAL
--TECHNOLOGY
--SMALL BUSINESS
--FINANCE & BUDGETS
--COMMUNICATION

MANY OF OUR BEHIND-THE-SCENES SUPPORTERS COMPLEMENT THAT EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN AREAS SUCH AS LAW, REAL ESTATE, AND
DEVELOPMENT.

WE INTEND TO TAP INTO THAT COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY AND TALENT TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND TACKLE THE TOUGH ISSUES.

WE WILL PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO THE BUDGET CRISIS—SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS AND LONG-TERM OPPORTUNITES THAT ARE COMMON SENSE, MAKE GOOD SENSE, AND ARE NO-NONSENSE.. .

(DAVID)

TEAMWORK TOLEDO REPRESENTS PUBLIC SERVICE. WE WANT TO BE YOUR PUBLIC SERVANTS.

THAT’S THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE…COUNCIL MEMBERS AS PUBLIC SERVANTS…THE PUBLIC, TAXPAYERS, TOLEDO RESIDENTS AS THE BOSS.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT LOST TOUCH, FORGOT THE MISSION STATEMENT, AND DECIDED THEY WERE IN CHARGE—AND ITS CITIZENS SHOULD DO WHAT THEY’RE TOLD.

FOR TOO LONG, OUR CITY GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN TELLING US WHAT IS GOOD FOR US, HOW OUR LIVES AND OUR BUSINESSES SHOULD BE RUN.

PUBLIC SERVICE IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A BIRTHRIGHT.

PUBLIC SERVICE, JUST LIKE VOLUNTEERISM, IS A CALL TO DUTY. WE ARE ANSWERING THAT CALL…TO RECLAIM OUR CITY GOVERNMENT…AND RESTORE ITS PROPER PLACE…AND REINVENT THE WAY IT SHOULD WORK.

THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, THIS WAS A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE.

NOT BOSS THE PEOPLE; TAX THE PEOPLE, AND STIMY THE PEOPLE.

THE LAST THING VOTERS NEED ARE SLOGANS, SYMBOLS, AND SOUND BITES.

WE GET IT.

YOU WANT US TO ARTICULATE THE ISSUES, BE ACCESSIBLE TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS, AND AVAILABLE TO HEAR YOUR PROBLEMS.

THAT IS THE MEANING OF PUBLIC SERVICE—PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE—THE BOSSES.

IT’S BACKWARDS—AND TEAMWORK TOLEDO WILL SET IT STRAIGHT.

(TRICIA)
NONE OF US HAVE EVER RUN FOR OFFICE BEFORE. AT THIS TIME IN OUR CITY’S HISTORY—A 21-MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, POLICE LAYOFFS, AND CITY SERVICES SUFFERING—WE SEE THAT AS AN ADVANTAGE AND AN OPPORTUNITY.

WITH ALL THE POLITICAL IN-FIGHTING, BACK-BITING, AND GRANDSTANDING THAT HAS LED TO THIS MESS…WE SEE IT AS A STRENGTH…AND HOPE THE VOTERS WILL, TOO.

THAT IS THE PARTISAN POLITICS THAT MAKES THE SYSTEM FAIL AND CAUSES PEOPLE TO LOSE FAITH AND TRUST IN CITY GOVERNMENT.

WE ARE INDEPENDENTS FOR A REASON. TEAMWORK TOLEDO IS MORE THAN A NAME—IT IS TIME FOR A FRESH APPROACH, A FRESH ATTITUDE, AND FRESH IDEAS. .

IT IS TIME FOR A NEW PERSPECTIVE, BOLD PROPOSALS, AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS.

THERE’S THE OLD IN-CROWD…INCUMBENTS…WHO REPRESENT INCOMPETENCE…INEPTITUDE…AND INACTION.

WE ARE THE NEW IN-CROWD…INDEPENDENTS…WHO REPRESENT INNOVATION…INTERACTION…AND INVENTION (BETTER WORD?).

YOU’VE HEARD A LOT THE LAST FEW YEARS ABOUT BRAIN DRAIN.
WE ARE ALL 30-AND-40-SOMETHINGS…WHO REPRESENT BRAIN GAIN.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS…WHO WANT TO BRING OUR COMMUNITY BACK FROM THE BRINK…SO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE PROUD TO CALL NORTHWEST OHIO HOME.

WE ARE TEAMWORK TOLEDO…BECAUSE TEAM TOLEDO ISN’T WORKING.

WE’RE READY TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES…START A NEW CONVERSATION, AND ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY ANEW…

WE HOPE YOU’RE READY, TOO.

PHOTOs Copyright 2009 John Pollock

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It's great to see the Swamp King has taken the time and effort to report all of the details on this event.

I am sure the crowd of 25 non-fishing onlookers wasn't able to hear all of the words clearly with such a roar of cheers from the crowd.

Yes I was there, and was trying to stay focusesd.

Unfortunately, I saw some fuzzy duckings walking by, being protected by their mom and dad in front and back, and realized it was not only more interesting, but an ironic metaphor.

Thanks for your opinion Stain fan! Im a conservative here in Toledo and Ive been anxiously waiting to hear from the GOP candidates that Dickstain is announcing for council candidacy.

I guess he's getting drowned out by the tumbleweeds and crickets. What a worthless piece of Block-owned and operated crap he is. Nice choice.

Oh yeah, since the two main parties are doing such a *great* job of running the City of Toledo into the ground as it is, we should disregard independent voices that might not be as...how you say...bought and paid for by special interest groups.

Oh, I forgot. It's mainly the Democrats who've run Toledo into the ground...does the Lucas County Republican County even exist or is it just a name slapped on someone's post office box in Sylvania?

Political Championship Wrestling- putting politics in proper perspective by presenting it as pro wrestling.

Coming in January, a political satire about the sorry state of American Politics- Jesusland vs. Progressiveville.

does the Lucas County Republican County even exist

Not in my eyes. Not with Dickstain at the helm it doesnt. He's done nothing since he stepped in but bring the party down - which Im convinced was the job he was hired to do.

is a real nice response Stain Fan. Why would you belittle them? We all know one of those candidates tried to get in touch with Jon, but Jon never followed up. Well life goes on, and they move on when they are ignored by Jon. Maybe Jon needs to get up to speed because it is getting very lonely in his little corner.

last I heard, there was a way to call or appear at party HQ. Also last I heard no one from the Teamwork Toledo crew has shown up.

So far Stain has not announced the six endorsed by LCRP so if you have the required 500 names, you also are open for a slot.

It's a big tent Swamp King, but if you can't raise a pole to help pitch it, you can't expect the crowd to come see what is underneath. We all know "King Kong" Simpson will be part of your show, as every circus needs an animal attraction, but tell me, what else can you offer besides the bearded lady?

don't let ducks get in the way of a good story

I'll listen to anyone who claims to really abide by the two principles of the American Republic:

Fiscal conservatism
Social liberalism

Apparently there is a phone number and an office for the LCRP, but of course since they are respectively in the phone book, and downtown Toledo, I doubt the haters would be able to find either one.

As for what Dick and Stain are doing there this year, I believe they are getting candidates ready for the election, and not announcing them until the required number of petitions are signed, and they have treasurers for each campaign named.

It would make sense to have a plan before actually doing something. Of course that would rule out the 'Blade Puppet' conspiracy, and that would be too unlikley, even for this city.

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