Former mayor lobbying for appointment to Toledo City Council

Former Toledo mayor Jack Ford.
Former Toledo mayor Jack Ford.

Longtime public official Jack Ford — a former state legislator, Toledo mayor, and school board member — confirmed Friday he is lobbying for an appointment to Toledo City Council.

“There are some things in my background that would be a value to council, particularly the mess that the housing stock is in, especially in the central city,” Mr. Ford said.

Democratic Councilman Phil Copeland defeated Republican Councilman George Sarantou Tuesday in the race for Lucas County Recorder. Both candidates are currently at-large Toledo city councilmen barred by term limits from running for council in 2013. Mr. Copeland, 67, of South Toledo, will take over the recorder’s office from Democrat Jeanine Perry, who did not seek re-election.

His departure from council has also caught the attention of Toledo Board of Education Pres­i­dent Lisa Sobecki as well as Shaun Enright, 33, who ran unsuccessfully last year for Council’s District 3 seat.

Both said they also are interested in Mr. Copeland’s seat.

The appointment to the seat will be made by Toledo City Council. Interested applications should get in touch with council.