Seven candidates for mayor of Toledo is not enough.
Just ask Don Gozdowski.
Gozdowski had his moment of fame during the 2005 mayoral campaign when he lightened (lowered, some would say) the tenor of a live mayoral debate by donning fake nose and eyeglasses to sing "I've Gotta Be Me."
Now he tells us he's planning to file as a write-in candidate.
Unlike my previous attempts when I took the traditional campaign approach of shaking hands and kissing babies, I have decided to simply throw my hat into the ring as a write in candidate. If elected Mayor I would call the city to service and sacrifice, which, when translated, means I haven’t got a snowballs chance in hell of being elected Mayor. That’s the reality I face. I’ve taken this political journey twice before; therefore see no reason to waste my time collecting signatures from people who don’t want a leader, but rather a clone to do their bidding. So why then do I even try? Because I walk with God.
Under Ohio and Toledo city law, a write-in candidate does not have to collect the minimum 750 signatures to appear on the ballot. The write-in candidate's deadline is July 1. The deadline for candidates who want their names to appear on the Sept. 10 primary ballot is July 12.
The only way for a write-in-candidate's write-in votes to count is if they declared their intent to be a write-in candidate.
There are several other people who have taken out petitions to run for mayor, but who have received (and solicited) no publicity.
Here is the list of mayoral candidates on file at the Lucas County Board of Elections so far. A candidate doesn't have to sign this list to start collecting petitions, and obviously some don't (Anita Lopez, Joe McNamara, Alan Cox, Michael Konwinski, and D. Michael Collins don't appear on this list). Download Candidatenames.
As of today none has turned in his or her signatures.