Marvin Dabish, an Oregon resident for four years, is running for mayor.
Dabish, 32, turned in his petitions to the Lucas County Board of Elections by the June 17 deadline to be on the Sept. 15 primary ballot.
He joins Mayor Marge Brown, who is running for a third term, and Councilman Mike Seferian on the ballot for mayor.
The top two vote getters in the primary will square off in the November election.
The board of elections will go through the process of certifying the petitions within the next two weeks.
Dabish, who lived in Warren, Michigan before he came to Oregon, has been the manager of the Toledo Food Center in East Toledo for five years.
Dabish, of Haley Drive, has never before run for public office.
Dabish said he is running for mayor because he thinks the city has not realized its full potential in commercial development. Dabish has bought empty buildings for commercial development, such as the former, vacant Food Town on Main Street, which he turned into the food center.
“I would like to bring jobs to the city. Cedar Point Development Park is growing grass and attracting mosquitoes. We should have manufacturing plants out there,” he said.
“We need to fill existing, empty retail, such as the old Foodtown on Navarre, or the Pharm on Starr and Wheeling. And Oregon needs more upscale shopping, dining and entertainment. So my goal is not to focus on politics but to focus on ways to improve Oregon at every level. We can continue to go in the same direction as we have in the past or we can elect new, innovative thinking leadership for the start of the new decade,” he said.
“I think it’s time for a new beginning for Oregon. We are in difficult times, where everyone is feeling the pinch of the economy,” he added. “This is an opportunity for Oregon to move forward for the future. This is a time when everyone talks about green jobs, and solving the energy crisis. I think Oregon should take a leading role and produce new types of energy, solar power, and environmentally clean, safe jobs. And also, too, protect and nurture Lake Erie. “
Dabish supports the proposed coke plant “because the city can’t live without the income tax dollars.”
“But it has to be done right, with the lowest mercury emissions possible,” he said.
Dabish attended community college.