Sunday, Jun 24, 2018
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio


Lucaso Co. Democrats elect Toledo Councilman Steven Steel as new chairman

Toledo Councilman Steven Steel was elected the new chairman of the Lucas County Democratic Party this evening with a unanimous vote at the party‘‍s central committee meeting.

Steel‘‍s victory was all but assured earlier today when his only declared opposition withdrew from the race.

Jim Martin, a former Toledo Firefighters union Local 92 president, announced today that he would not seek the job at the Democratic Party Central Committee meeting.

“After reviewing all the ramifications of an election like we have tonight and realizing the support Steve Steel had out there I decided it was best to withdraw,” Mr. Martin said.

This is the party’s biennial reorganization, with 135 newly elected central committee members taking their seats. The central committee members - one per precinct - were elected May 6.

Mr. Martin put his name in competition last week after the current chairman, Ron Rothenbuhler, announced he would not seek re-election. Mr. Steel had already been quietly campaigning for the post for months, and has a slate of candidates for executive and central committee positions that are aimed at representing the party‘‍s diverse groups.

Mr. Martin said he would support Mr. Steel for the chairmanship.

Contact Tom Troy: or 419--724-6058 or an Twitter @TomFTroy.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2018 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…