Toledo mayoral debate produces differences on issues

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The incumbent mayor of Toledo and her challenger in next Tuesday's election shared very different views of issues facing the city. They clashed during a one-hour live debate televised on 13abc.

Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz sounded a theme that the city is frequently "a day late and a dollar short" and reactive. Toledo mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson painted a picture of progress under her leadership and insisted "it's not about people leaving, it's about us coming together."

Kapszukiewicz has proposed universal pre-kindergarten for city families suggesting that "we need new ideas" but admitting it would be a costly project.

Hicks-Hudson said that she has done the work for the citizens and that "it's a public trust, and we have to use that correctly."

The two Democrats disagreed on the importance of having the party's endorsement which went to Hicks-Hudson. "I am not the candidate of the party bosses, the status quo or the machine" said the treasurer. "I will only answer t the citizens of Toledo." Hicks-Hudson shot back that Kapszukiewicz had no problem accepting help from the Democratic party when he ran for treasurer adding "when it does not suit his purposes, he turns his back on the people who helped him get elected treasurer."

The debate was sponsored by 13abc and The Blade, moderated by Lee Conklin with questions from a panel of journalists. Questions were also submitted by readers and viewers of the news organizations.

One of the two will be selected as Toledo's mayor in next Tuesday's general election. Stay with 13abc.com for full coverage.

During Thursday's one hour debate candidates tackled questions about the opioid epidemic, Toledo's lead law and the state of Lake Erie.