We continue our profiles of the twelve candidates running for at-large seats on Toledo city council.
Tonight, we feature two people trying to fill vacancies in more ways than one. Sandy Spang and Rob Ludeman want to fill a couple of vacant seats in the at-large race.
But they are both interested in filling vacant space in Toledo.
"We just need to build Toledo's neighborhoods."
Sandy Spang is 53. She's a business owner running as an independent. She has never held political office.
Spang owns *Plate 21* in South Toledo and that's where we met her.
It's a coffee house she built as a neighborhood spot. And it's an example of her belief that if the city has reasonable regulations and fees and approval times Toledo can create opportunity.
Spang told 13abc's Bill Hormann, "Let's fill all our empty commercial retail spaces with businesses started by great young entreprenuers who want to grow business in the City of Toledo."
Hundreds of vacant store fronts are just waiting for some business owner to move in. And Sandy Spang "Gives Us the Idea" those small street corner businesses will save Toledo.
She says, "The neighborhood is safer and we have a greater sense of community."
"Public service is what it's all about, it's not about politics to me."
Rob Ludeman is a 60-year old Republican. He's a realtor who's served four- terms on council over the last 20-years.
Among rob's public service is his work with the Police Athletic League. He believes steering kids in the right direction makes neighborhoods stronger by creating homeowners for vacant houses.
Ludeman says, "One thing is to try to produce very responsible young adults, and if we do that, they'll want to stay, they'll want to buy, they'll want to fix up a house and stay there."
Kids are key to Ludeman.
Kids with a purpose buy homes and build businesses and stablize neighborhoods.
And he "Gives Us the Idea" that his public service shows he is a common sense, common purpose candidate.
Ludeman says, "A lot of that is experience and life choices and, hopefully, I've made some good ones."
Sandy Spang says Rob Ludeman has been a big help to her as she runs for council.
You can vote for both Spang and Ludeman, in November.
Twelve candidates are running for six open at-large seats.
It's up to you to investigate the candidates, but Sandy Spang and Rob Ludeman have *Given Us an Idea* on why they should be elected.