Terry Shankland, an Old West End resident, yesterday announced his candidacy for an at-large Toledo city council seat in front of Government Center.
It is Mr. Shankland's third try for city council. He also ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1993.
He has the endorsement of Ray Kest, an unendorsed Democratic candidate for mayor of Toledo.
Mr. Shankland owns and operates a catering business in West Toledo, and concern for small businesses will play a large role in his candidacy.
“I'm a small-business owner myself, I know what it's like around here - and it's tough,” Mr. Shankland said.
He hopes to bring about community involvement with safety issues and a greater police presence on Toledo's streets.
“It's hard to pay for more officers, for more firemen, but that's what we need as a community,” Mr. Shankland said. “And those people deserve the best in equipment.”
He hopes to involve the community through a neighborhood monitoring program designed to aid the police.
Mr. Shankland plans to work to recycle and restore older, central-city homes.
He is circulating petitions, and says that he already has the 250 signatures he needs to run, though he hasn't filed for candidacy officially with the Lucas County board of elections.
“I will be on the ballot,” said Mr. Shankland.
The deadline to file the petitions is July 13.
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