Marcia Helman, owner of the South Toledo landmark Lickety Split ice cream store, says she's definitely committed to run for the upcoming vacancy on Toledo City Council.
Helman is following the path blazed by Sandy Spang - also the owner of a South Toledo eating establishment, who was passed elected to an at-large seat Nov. 5.
Helman, 60, is backed by Councilman Rob Ludeman. If Helman gets in the race she'll go up against Democratic former Councilman Frank Szollosi. (see previous post)
Other than Szollosi, no one else has jumped in the race yet but it's early yet.
The vacancy is Mayor-elect Councilman D. Michael Collins's District 2 seat covering South Toledo.
Helman, 63, says she's at the right time of her life to make this move, and it's something she's been thinking about for 10 years. She said her husband, retired Toledo Public Schools employee Anthony Helman, is supportive.
She was raised in South Toledo (maiden name Drews), attended Beverly School, Bowsher High School, and the University of Toledo, though she didn't graduate.
As a Republican, the partisan votes are stacked against her for the appointment that will be made on Jan. 2 or soon thereafter. There will be seven Democrats, two Republicans, and two independents. The Democrats will call the shots for the appointment.
The voters will decide in May who finishes Collins's term.
Helman has owned Lickety Split at Glendale Avenue and the Anthony Wayne Trail for 32 years. She also owns, with a partner, Penguin Palace in Maumee.
(She is not to be confused with another Marcia Helman, former Washington Local School Board member and retired Glendale-Feilbach principal - but they are related by marriage. That's her husband's stepmother.)
Her public activities for the last 13 years include service on the Walbridge Park Board and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.
She was park board chairman during a failed effort by the city to consolidate all the park boards - something Walbridge resisted, as it is one of the few with its own successful rental operations and treasury.
"I certainly was not in favor of that at all. We had a lot of meetings with city people and pitched the case that we were doing a lot of good thinigs. I just did not think it was a good idea to clump things toghether," Helman said.
Her involvement in the arts included serving as the volunteer arts liaison under Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.Also, they live a few houses apart on Townley Road.
Helman said she wants to promote a positive image for the city.
"One of my issues would be budget because that’s very important to me. It was important to me in my own life and it would be important to me with the city of Toledo. I think I would be involved with economic development," Helman said.