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July 1st, 2009



In an effort to connect and listen to Toledoans, the P.R.E.Z. for Council Campaign will be sponsoring a Block Watch Forum at the West Toledo branch library on July 13th from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Block Watch leaders and attendees from all across Toledo are encouraged to come to voice their concerns as well as offer ideas and solutions for the problems facing their immediate communities as well as all of Toledo.


Teamwork Toledo's response below:

Original post by lessISmore:
June 29th, 2009



The group of six candidates running as Teamwork Toledo will see itself whittled down to five candidates as David "P.R.E.Z." Washington, the last of the six to join the team has decided to leave as of today.

Ward Unveils Campaign Logo

Toledo, OH – The Ward for Council campaign has unveiled the campaign logo.

Ward states, “I wanted a campaign logo that would represent what needs to be done in the city of Toledo. There are many issues and problems that exist, and it is time to take action now! Take action now for all people! Take action now to make our streets safer, provide better schools, and increased economic opportunity for all. Take action now!”

More B-S On Fred's Show Thursday On WSPD

Thursday morning both Terry Beil and Dave Schulz will be in studio to talk about the Nine Is Fine movement..Dave is of course for and Terry is starting a campaign to oppose. Should be fun, the interview starts at 7:30

P.R.E.Z. for Council Nearing the End of Petition Drive

Boy. You want to talk about some arduous work. Long, hot days going door to door, talking with with people at festivals, attending civic gatherings, and a litany of many other small things that paid off in the end.

The PFC Campaign will be reeling in the petitions at the end of this week. They will be notarized and turned in to the Lucas County Board Of Elections within about a week.


....What makes president of council important today is the Mayoral recall on the ballot in November (thank God). If Carty is voted out, we will have a space filler for about a month until the new mayor is sworn in in January. The space filler is the president of council. This person will have to resign his seat, and lose the remainder of his term as he fills in for the recalled mayor.

Given Carty’s dismal numbers, this is likely.

What makes no sense is that Michael Ashford is willing to give up the two years left on his term to be mayor for a month – and a powerless mayor at that.

Teamwork Toledo Member to Submit Council Petitions

WHO: Teamwork Toledo Member Kevin Milliken

WHAT: Submit Petitions for Primary Ballot

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 3 p.m. WHERE: One Government Center

WHY: Independent Candidate for Toledo City Council

Teamwork Toledo member Kevin Milliken will submit his petition signatures for consideration by the Lucas County Board of Elections on Tuesday June 23, 2009,3 p.m., at One Government Center. Milliken is running as an independent for an at-large seat on

Ward Responds To Possible City Council Appointment

Toledo, OH – The Lucas County Democratic Party Executive Committee has recommended and supports Steve Steel to be appointed to the City Council seat, which will be vacated by Council President Mark Sobczak following the City Council meeting on June 23.

Teamwork Toledo Members Urge Council to Rework Law

Teamwork Toledo members Kevin Milliken and Tricia Lyons are urging Toledo City Council to either redraft or clarify legislation involving a homeowner’s ability to park on gravel driveways or pads on their properties, following a ticketing incident which garnered negative national headlines for the Glass City.

Several residents who live along North Holland-Sylvania Road are angered by the incident, and now face possible $25 fines and an administrative appeals process that will cost them time, effort, and money to defend themselves.

Ward Gives Toledo Youth Opportunities

Toledo, OH – There are people in Toledo who do not have a voice, but they are affected by the decisions made by our elected officials. This group is directly affected when decisions are made to close city pools, stop funding programs such as the Pic program, and the list goes on and on. They are the citizens of Toledo under the age of 18. While they are not old enough to vote, there should still be an outlet for them to have a voice.

Ward Addresses City Council Appointment Issue

Toledo, OH – Yesterday, Mark Sobczak submitted his resignation as President and an At-Large member of Toledo City Council. The resignation will take effect following the City Council meeting on June 23.

Nine is Fine Petition Filing

Since May 2nd, Dave Schulz from Citizens Organized to Bring Reform and
Accountability (C.O.B.R.A), Tom Waniewski from Toledo City Council District
5 and Lindsay Webb from Toledo City Council District 6, as well as scores of
staff and volunteers have worked diligently to reach registered voters. In
just over four full weeks of circulating, more than 7,000 people signed the
Nine is Fine petitions.

If certified to the ballot, the Nine is Fine plan would bring change this
election cycle. The plan calls for only 3 people to be elected at-large this

Teamwork Toledo Member to Seek City Council Appointment

Teamwork Toledo member Kevin Milliken will seek the unexpired term being vacated by Toledo City Council President Mark Sobczak, who tendered his resignation earlier today.
“There has never been a more appropriate time for an independent voice to assist Toledo City Council in its efforts to reduce the current deficit, balance the budget, and restore our public safety forces to full capacity,” Milliken said.

Sobczak resigns

June 11, 2009

Dear Mr. Dendinger,

It is with a strong sense of optimism for Toledo's future that I tender my
resignation as President and an At-Large member of Toledo City Council.
This resignation takes effect following the City Council meeting on June 23.

During my three-and-a-half-years on City Council, I have sought to be a
voice for labor and to bring about a successful blending of the needs of my
fellow union brothers and sisters with the needs and wants of the city's
residents. I hope time will show this approach has been successful.

Ward Encourages Mayor To Put Police Officers Back To Work

Toledo, OH – Last year there were 15 total homicides in the city of Toledo. Since the layoffs of 75 officers on May 1, there have been 7 homicides...not counting the property crimes that have not been addressed.

Currently the police department is short staffed, including being down 17 detectives which hinders their ability to fight against drugs and an entourage of other issues.


Old West End Festival, Point Place Days, North End Neighborhood Fest, and the OLPH Festival

Toledo, OH – It is important for the leaders of Toledo to be involved within the community and be willing to collaborate with each other. One of the problems currently within city government is that there is a disconnect of communication and collaboration among the constituents. This same pattern has carried over into campaigning, in which you have some candidates who won't even speak with each other. Toledo deserves better!

9 is fine campaign weekend events

The 9 Is Fine campaign heading into the final stretch this weekend. Petition circulators will be at the OWE festival, Point Place parade and OLPH festival Friday through Sunday. On Sunday, Tom Waniewski will be manning a table at center court at Westfield Mall from 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. seeking signatures for the petition. He will be joined by Lindsay Webb at approximately 4:00 p.m. The reception in the community has been great so far. Come out and meet Tom and help get the issue on the ballot for voters to decide in September. More information at:

WSPD Exclusive From This Morning

Brian and Maggie will pick up this story later this afternoon on WSPD, and WSPD news will have the full story but here's the part I aired this morning.

Ward Welcomes Clark to Campaign for City Council At-Large

Toledo, OH – The race for city council continues to increase with over two dozen people obtaining petitions to get on the ballot.

Ward asserts, “I am excited about all the candidates who are entering the fray for city council. Toledo is currently in a crisis, in a desperate need of transformation. I commend Mr. Clark and all those who are willing to take a step forward in a time such as this. This will provide more options for the citizens of Toledo in their quest for change.”

Teamwork Toledo Budget Press Conference -updated statement

WHO: Teamwork Toledo

WHAT: Major City Budget Proposal

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2009
3 p.m.

WHERE: Walbridge Park Shelterhouse

WHY: Multi-Million Dollar Budget Solution

Teamwork Toledo will make a major announcement concerning the council candidate coalition’s first proposal to help solve Toledo’s continuing budget deficit. The at-large candidates will reveal the proposal on Thursday, June 4, 2009, 3 p.m., at the Walbridge Park Shelterhouse.

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