Councilor Deanne Dunlap, Mayor Billie Jo Smith, and Councilor Terri Strom mailed “VOTE NO ON THE RECALL” letters to Toledo Voters on Friday, August 17. They encourage voters to read the enclosed fact sheets and keep them for reference when ballots arrive. The “NO RECALL” letters should arrive between Monday and Wednesday of this week.
Ballots for the special recall election are being mailed on August 22, so should be in mailboxes by Friday or Saturday. The Mayor and two Councilors are encouraging everyone to vote. This election is crucial to Toledo, and, because the election is limited to just Toledo, every votes counts more than ever. Ballots can be mailed in, or turned in at locations listed on the ballot. They must be received by 8:00 PM on September 11. If ballots are mailed in, they should be posted by Thursday, September 6.
The letters to the voters outline why Mayor Smith and Councilors Dunlap and Strom should not be recalled for “simply doing their job.” They contend that charges that they wrongly hired City Manager Craig Martin were false – claiming that Martin is a very professional city manager and has been of great service to the community. Others disagree citing what they contend was his less-than-pleasant departure from his former job – City Manager of Sweet Home. Martin has said that he had legitimate differences of opinion with some members of the Sweet Home City Council on how certain aspects of Sweet Home civic operations should be run. And so they parted company. Meanwhile, former Toledo City Clerk Recorder Nancy Bryant and former Finance Director Polly Chavarria accused Martin of badly handling Toledo’s budget – this despite expert help from the local Council of Governments who are generally viewed as experts on constructing municipal budgets. Fire Chief Will Ewing was fired by Martin for having given city budget records to departed Bryant and Chavarria, Martin saying not every element in the budget documents were legally releasable to the public, nor to former city employees.