Ralph E. Grutzmacher
Occupation: Mayor, City of Toledo
Legislative Officer, Prince George’s (Maryland) County Government;
Director, President, Treasurer, Attorney, Prince George’s Community FCU
US Naval Academy, BS, 1972;
George Washington University, Juris Doctor, 1979
Prior Governmental Experience:
Toledo City Councilor;
Trustee Supplemental Pension Plan; Associate County Attorney;
Case Examiner, BCNR, SECNAV;
Toledo is a wonderful place to live and work, and potentially has an even better future. I believe that my more than 30 years in local government has been of help in moving us forward in the last three years, as local issues can be complicated and we need to make the most of our resources in everything we do.
Since becoming mayor, I have worked on issues including:
• Lobbying local and national railroads to get Toledo’s railroad crossings fixed;
• Leading the city council and staff to obtain the least-expensive revenue bonds possible to fund vitally needed water system improvements;
• Going to Salem to lobby state agencies on finishing Hwy 20 improvements and for the
Port of Toledo’s expansion grant;
• Leading City efforts to make best use of Toledo’s industrial property for economic development while protecting our environment;
• Using correspondence and social media to promote Toledo and our events.
• I also regularly serve on two advisory committees of the League of Oregon
• Serve on the Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation;
• Act as building manager for the Flowerree Community Center;
• Member of the Newport Airport Commission;
• Work in the Lincoln County Food Network, seeking to promote better nutrition for all area residents.
For me, the service and time commitment that I feel are needed to be a good mayor are continuations of my life-long career. I am proud of Toledo, our professional staff and services, and look forward to continuing to help bring expanded opportunities to all
of our community.
Billie Jo Smith, Candidate
City of Toledo
Educator and biologist for 37 years (24 in Lincoln County).
Classroom teacher in Missouri;
Minnesota; Washington D.C.;
and in Yachats and Toledo,
Oregon. Developed curriculum and provided professional development for the Minnesota Environmental Sciences Foundation, Minneapolis Public Schools, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Lincoln County School District.
BA (Biology & Education) William Jewell College; MS (Biology) University of Michigan
Prior Governmental Experience:
Lincoln County School District
Board of Directors Chair; City of Toledo Budget Committee;
Precinct Committee Person, Toledo.
Georgia Pacific Community Advisory
Committee; Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution Board; Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee Chair;
Central Coast Stand for Children Chair;
Children’s Trust of Lincoln County Board.
Billie Jo Smith: Qualified Leadership for the Citizens of Toledo
Knowledgeable: In all of her endeavors, Billie Jo does the background research necessary to thoroughly understand an issue. Her years of experience on the Budget Committee have kept her informed on the financial status of the City.
A Listener: Billie Jo believes that Toledo needs a Mayor who will listen to and value
the opinions, questions, and experiences of its citizens, employees, commissions, committees, and City Council members. The advice of those who will be affected is critical to the understanding and resolution of any issue.
Billie Jo initiated and successfully lobbied for State legislation that provides small schools funding to Toledo and three other small high schools. Without this funding, Toledo
High School would have been closed.
She has the confidence and skills needed to stand up for Toledo. Billie Jo taught at Toledo High School from 1994–2000, and her husband, Peter Vince, has been teaching there since 1988. They have lived in Toledo since 2000, and appreciate the history and traditions of this wonderful community.
Since her retirement, Billie Jo has been a leader in support of schools, children, and families.
VOTE for Billie Jo Smith – She’s Ready to Work for YOU.