I was sorry to see that you did an article on the personal finances of Lucas County Auditor and Toledo mayoral candidate Anita Lopez (“Mayoral hopeful Lopez owes big debt; Credit report reveals multiple accounts totaling $261,432,” June 28). Since it was clear from the article that most of Ms. Lopez’s personal debt stems from student loans and a home mortgage, she is not unlike millions of other people.
Maybe The Blade should concentrate more on Toledo’s problems and issues, and less on the details of the mayoral hopefuls’ personal finances. Is it wrong for Ms. Lopez to aspire to public office without already drawing a comfortable pension from a previous career in the public sector?
Voters will choose a mayor based on who has the best ideas for moving Toledo forward. Ms. Lopez knows the problems that working Toledoans face.
Bell, Collins OK; but double dip
Both of the candidates with great credit scores, Mayor Mike Bell and City Councilman Mike Collins, are collecting a public pension and a public paycheck. They are double dippers.
Editor’s note: The writer is a former Lucas County Democratic Party chairman.
What if Lopez double dipped?
I wonder what Ms. Lopez’s credit rating would be if she was double dipping too.
Kudos to Lopez as county auditor
In response to your July 2 article “Lopez defends her finances, cites cost of care of parents; Candidate says personal debt has no effect on office”: I have been a single working mother, cared for an older parent, and helped to provide cheap room and board for a family member who was attending college. There were times I was embarrassed by my credit score.
I, like Ms. Lopez, had only myself to depend on. It’s not easy when you care for that many people. She could have gone bankrupt or into a trusteeship, but has marched on and pays her bills.
I’ve called the county auditor’s office several times for myself, family, and friends who work normal hours and can’t call themselves. I’ve been treated with respect and dignity each time, including the time Ms. Lopez answered the phone herself.