D. Michael Collins's election as mayor means there is a vacancy on council from District 2 in South Toledo.
Szollosi, 41, is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor. He opted not to seek re-election in 2009 to finish up a master's degree at the University of Michigan. He and wife Wednesday, have four children - Lucas, 12, Sofia, 8, Iszabel, 5, and Alessandra, 4.
The appointment can be made as early as 5:30 p.m. on Jan 2. That's when Collins will take the oath as mayor and resign as councilman. The remaining 11 council members would then vote on a replacement for District 2. The appointee would have to run in May to keep the seat for the next two years.
"I miss it," Szollosi said. "I stepped away from public service to round out my education. I'd like to offer my experience, my education, my energy, to my neighbors, my community. Toledo has been good to me and I want to make sure it's there for future generations."
He said he is attracted by the constitutent service role as well as the chance to pursue big ideas.
As an environmentalist, Szollosi said one of the things he'd do is continue to boost Toledo as a center for solar energy, a focus that has flagged a little in recent years.
A "bold idea" he suggests: plant solar panels in Southwyck.
"There's no excuse for us not to do more to ramp up solar energy in this city," Szollosi said. "That's jobs, to say nothing of the environmental benefits."
According to Szollosi, worldwide investments in renewable energy are "growing at an exponential rate."