Union organizer Enright gets endorsement for Copeland vacancy on Toledo City Council

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    Construction unions are supporting Shaun Enright, left, to succeed Phil Copeland on Toledo City Council.

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    The Lucas County Democratic Party has recommended that union organizer Shaun Enright get the Toledo City Council appointment to replace Phil Copeland when he moves on to Lucas County recorder.

    The endorsement of Mr. Enright of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was made Thursday night by the party executive committee, after it received a recommendation in his support from the screening committee that interviewed five applicants, party Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler said.

    The Democrat-controlled council will vote on the council vacancy Jan. 8.

    Mr. Rothenbuhler said Mr. Enright received endorsements from all but one person on the 17-member screening committee, and two people on the executive committee did not support the motion for Mr. Enright.

    Mr. Enright and four others interviewed earlier this month for the party’s endorsement, which is expected to carry a heavy weight with most of the Democrats on council.

    “I would fully expect the Democrats on Toledo City Council to respect the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the Lucas County Democratic Executive Committee,” Mr. Rothenbuhler said.

    The other applicants were former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford; Jason Schreiner, a 2011 city council candidate; Michael Dearth, a Block Watch leader, and Harold Mosley, a recently retired Toledo police officer and former sergeant-at-arms for council.

    Several black leaders and former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner held a press conference earlier this week at Democratic Party headquarters to voice support for the appointment of Mr. Ford, the city’s first black mayor and former Toledo Board of Education member and state legislator.

    Mr. Copeland, business manager for the Laborers Local 500, is expected to resign his at-large seat on council before the end of the month to become county recorder, a position he won in the Nov. 6 election.

    He will be sworn in as recorder on Jan. 7.

    Whoever is selected by council will serve the final year of Mr. Copeland’s term, and then could run in the September primary.