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Published: Friday, 4/27/2001

Lucas Democrats back 9 on council

The Lucas County Democratic Party executive committee last night endorsed the nine Toledo city council incumbents and a council aspirant who interviewed before its screening committee.

In addition, the committee endorsed candidates for Sylvania and Sylvania Township offices.

Toledo council President Peter Ujvagi was not among those endorsed, and he did not publicly state his intentions for re-election after announcing he would not run for mayor.

But he has told party officials that he intends to run for his at-large city council seat again and will appear before the screening committee next month, party chairwoman Paula Ross said.

Those winning the nod include at-large council members Louis Escobar, Peter Gerken, Art Jones, and Betty Shultz. Endorsed, too, were District 1 Councilwoman Wilma Brown; District 3 Councilman Bob McCloskey; District 4 Councilwoman Edna Brown - winning her first endorsement after two candidacies as an independent - District 5 Councilwoman Tina Skeldon Wozniak, and District 6 Councilman Wade Kapszukiewicz.

Perlean Griffin, executive director of the city's affirmative action/contract compliance office, was endorsed for an at-large seat.

Two others - Scott Robinson, a manager at the Wyndham Hotel Toledo, and Chuck Cassis, a tavern owner - had sought an endorsement.

The Democrats are still recruiting candidates for the District 2 seat held by Republican Rob Ludeman. Gene Zmuda, who holds an at-large seat, is council's other Republican.

Toledo's council has six at-large members and six from districts. A charter amendment that was approved by voters in 2000 calls for at-large council members to be elected to four-year terms and for district members to win two-year terms, so that elections are staggered.

The executive committee endorsed Charles Wechsel for Sylvania city council and Dennis Boyle for Sylvania Township trustee.

George Gernot, who was appointed a Sylvania school board member, was endorsed in his candidacy for a full term, Ms. Ross said.

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