Finkbeiner, Scotland running for Toledo mayor against Wade Kapszukiewicz
Scotland says his goals as mayor would focus on economic planning, youth programs, and supporting police.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Sitting Toledo mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will not be unopposed when he runs for re-election this year. Jan Scotland and former mayor Carty Finkbeiner officially filed to run for the city’s highest office on Friday, just before the deadline.
Finkbeiner is a well-known name in Toledo, having served as mayor of the city twice already, first from 1994-2002 and then again from 2006-2010. During his tenure, he caused quite a lot of controversy for his comments, perhaps most notably his suggestion that the city could cut down on airport noise complaints by moving deaf residents to housing around the airport.
Speaking to 13abc’s Shaun Hegarty, Scotland said his goals as mayor would be to create a comprehensive economic plan for the city with clear goals. He also placed an emphasis on goals to support police officers amid growing calls across the nation to overhaul policing practices following the murder of George Floyd.
“We have to have a combination that creates reform but does not degrade our police force and have many of them retiring and many of them have a hard time recruiting,” said Scotland, later adding that “we have to work with the police unions and we have to work with the community leaders and create an atmosphere where [police] know they can get support.”
Scotland also said he would focus on youth programs funded not by the city but by a non-profit organization that would be in charge of parks, youth sports, and other programs, stating that a non-profit would be able to work toward their goals without concerns over changing administrations.
Youth programs and policing have also been priorities for the current mayor. Kapszukiewicz has touted his administration’s success in growing the police force during his tenure. In 2021, city leaders have also placed a renewed interest in growing Toledo’s youth programs.
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