Frank Szollosi, Democratic candidate for the District 2 vacancy on Toledo City Council, tells me that The Blade's hard-hitting investigation into state loans paid to solar entrepreneurs was highlighted on the National Journal's Website Monday.
The story, by Blade writer Kris Turner, investigated the state's poor track record at screening and keeping track of its loans, grants, and tax incentives to solar businesses in northwest Ohio, spending more than $88 million to employ 144 people.
Szollosi, a regional outreach coordinator for the environmental group National Wildlife Federation, said the failure was predictable.
"They focused way too much on the supply side and not enough to stimulate demand for solar," Szollosi said.
So far, Szollosi is the only definite Democratic candidate for the city council seat being vacated by Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins.
Interested though possibly a day late is Karen Shanahan, who ran unsuccessfully for Council in 2005 and 2007. She missed the deadline of 4 p.m. Monday for the Lucas County Democratic Party's screening process, but submitted an application that evening.
She said when she called the party Monday afternoon the voice mail told her the office would close at 2:30 p.m., so rather than drive to a closed office, she dug up one of her old applications, filled it out and emailed it to the party.
Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler will have to decide whether to let her screen.
On the Republican side is Marcia Helman, proprietor of the Lickety Split ice cream stand on Glendale Avenue.
Democrats hold 7 of the 11 votes that will decide this issue Jan. 2, so Helman is hoping to get nominated at that meeting and then plans to campaign against Szollosi (and whoever else files) at the primary election in May. (See previous posts on this below).