On Tuesday, May 2, Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz announced his plans to enter the race for mayor of Toledo. In a press conference at the Anthony Wade Solar Field, Kapszukiewicz said he would bring “fresh ideas, new energy and an outsider’s perspective” to the mayor’s office.
“Why should voters think that I’ll be able to bring new leadership and proven results they so desperately need?” asked the candidate. “Because I’ve done it before. In my public life I’ve always looked for ways to move the community forward through innovation and reform.”
Kapszukiewicz, raised in west Toledo, is the son of a police officer and a school teacher. For the past 12 years, he has served as Lucas County Treasurer – first elected in 2004, following almost seven years on Toledo City Council representing District 6.
Kapszukiewicz, a Democrat, will be running against endorsed Democrat, incumbent Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, and Republican City Councilman Tom Waniewski, among others yet to declare.
“Toledo is at a crossroads,” said Kapszukiewicz during his press conference. “In many ways, we are seeing a rebirth of optimism that hasn’t been seen in 30 years, maybe longer. The private sector has stepped up. The Metroparks have embraced the exciting potential of our river. The social service community is playing an important role. The philanthropic community is leading the way. The one missing piece of the puzzle is our city government.”
Promising to “bring fundamental change to the way our local government operate,” the mayoral hopeful said, I elected, his administration will consolidate “significant portions of city and county government;” work with the city’s neighbors “to develop a regional water system that is fair;” join the lawsuit to ensure that Lake Erie is clean; fight blight and strengthen neighborhoods; provide tools to police and fire fighters to make the city safer; embrace the arts and landscape for a more beautiful city and take on “aspirational challenges” to build a framework “to ensure a universal pre-K education to every child living in the city of Toledo.”
All the mayoral candidates will compete in a September 12 primary. The top two vote finishers will face off in the November 7 general election.