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17 certified for 6 Toledo City Council seats

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and his six challengers were certified Thursday to be on the September ballot along with 17 people running for six Toledo City Council at-large seats.

Mr. Bell, a political independent, will be challenged by independents D. Michael Collins and Alan Cox; Democrats Joe McNamara and county Auditor Anita Lopez; Libertarian Michael Konwinski, and evangelist Opal Covey, who is listed in Lucas County voter records as a Democrat but who is running as a Republican.

Donald Gozdowski filed to run as a write-in candidate.

Mr. Collins and Mr. McNamara are on city council, while Ms. Lopez is the Lucas County auditor.

The 17 council candidates certified include Toledo Board of Education member Larry Sykes and former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, both Democrats, and city smoking-ban opponent Bill Delaney, a political independent.

Other council candidates who were certified include Republican incumbent Rob Ludeman; Democratic incumbent Adam Martinez; Republican challengers James Nowak, James P. Martin, and Joseph Celusta, and Democrat Joshua Fowler.

Mr. Celusta is a grandson of the late Ollie Czelusta, who was mayor in the 1950s. Joe Celusta’s father, the late John Celusta, dropped the “z” from his name.

Independents Theresa Gabriel and Sandy Spang; Republicans Alfonso Narvaez, Ernest McCarthy, and Ron Johns; Democratic incumbent councilmen Steven Steel and Shaun Enright, and Green candidate Sean Nestor were also certified.

All candidates’ names will be on the ballot for the primary election on Sept. 10 in Toledo. The two highest vote-getters for mayor and the 12 highest vote-getters for council will face off Nov. 5 in the general election.

Republican Alex Rivera filed petitions for Toledo City Council but did not have enough valid signatures, Elections Board Director Meghan Gallagher said.

“We had four staff members review [the petitions],” Ms. Gallagher said. “Two hundred-fifty were needed, but only 246 were valid.”

Thirty-eight of those who signed Mr. Rivera’s petitions listed addresses where they are not registered, while 11 were not registered to vote, she said.

Candidates certified for Toledo Municipal Court were Amy Berling for a term starting Jan. 2 and Gretchen DeBacker, Michael Goulding, Joseph Howe, Joshua Lanzinger, and Kenneth Phillips for a term starting Jan. 1.

Tina Henold was certified to run for the Toledo Board of Education and Patricia Carmean was certified to run for the Washington Local Board of Education.

Also certified for the ballot were three candidates for Sylvania City Council: V. Mike Brown, Katie Cappellini, and Mary Westphal, and one candidate for Sylvania mayor, incumbent Craig Stough.

In Springfield Township, Marylin Yoder was certified to run as trustee; in the village of Harbor View, Ronald Taylor was certified to run for mayor and Annette Joseph for council; in Waterville, John Rozic and Micheline Krise were certified to run for council, and in Whitehouse, Bill May was certified to run for council.

Contact Ignazio Messina at: or 419-724-6171.

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