Toledo Councilman Art Jones, a Democrat, kicked off his campaign for a full term on city council yesterday, pledging to work to make neighborhood streets safer for children.
“Too often in recent years, Toledo families have been forced to face the tragedy of seeing their children killed in pedestrian-automobile accidents. The senseless loss of life in such accidents is all the more tragic because they are so often preventable,'' he said in a news conference in front of Leverette Junior High School on Manhattan Boulevard.
Nikeiva Winters, 15, an eighth grader at Leverette, was hit by a car on her way to school one morning in February.
Mr. Jones was a proponent of a city ordinance that doubled the fines for traffic infractions that occur in a school zone.
Mr. Jones was appointed to the at-large seat vacated by C. Allen McConnell, who moved in January, 2000, to the Toledo Municipal Court bench after winning a November, 1999, election for a seat there.
Mr. Jones, 65, worked 31 years for AP Parts Manufacturing before retiring. He then worked seven years for Lucas County Juvenile Court in several capacities. A longtime party activist, he was Mr. McConnell's campaign manager in the municipal court campaign. He said Mr. McConnell and Ohio House Minority Leader Jack Ford (D., Toledo) have been his political mentors.
He is married and the father to five children. He is a 1953 graduate of Scott High School.
Toledo's council comprises six at-large members elected by voters citywide and six members elected from districts. They are paid $18,500 a year.