Take Back Toledo has failed in its efforts to recall the Mayor of Toledo, whose term expires the end of 2009 and who is not seeking re-election.
Quite frankly, my own personal perspective of those who organized the Take Back Toledo group and who comprised its leadership has always been that their underlying motivations were more about a personal vendetta directed toward the incumbent Mayor than an effort to truly improve our local government. None-the-less, they did show that they could initiate civic action and mobilize people.
Now that the mayoral recall effort is history, I have a suggestion to put all that energy into another cause in the effort to improve the quality of local government here in Toledo, Ohio and throughout all of Lucas County in what I consider a more proactive role.
I think those who made such a concerted effort to Take Back Toledo should channel those same energies to Take Back Lucas County.
For further information and explanation of that to which I make reference, I draw your attention to the following previous Roland Hansen Commentary entries to which all you need do is click and read:
Reinventing Ohio's Lucas County Government
Lucas County Government
I challenge the Take Back Toledo group to prove me wrong about their underlying motivations in their foray into Toledo area governmental politics. Put up or shut up. Prove me wrong by taking a proactive role in putting together and leading an organized effort to reform and restructure the government of Lucas County, Ohio. I dare you. I double dare you.