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Northwood will see a new mayor for the first time in 15 years. City councilmen Randy Kozina and Edward Schimmel are the mayoral candidates seeking voter support in the Nov. 3 election. The Press asked the candidates questions to help voters decide who they want to be the next mayor. Here is what they had to say:

What will be your priorities if you are elected mayor?

Randy Kozina:
My first priority is to pursue every legal avenue to clean up abandoned properties and buildings. The duration from complaint to compliance must be streamlined to enable the situation to be resolved much quicker. While many of us want the Woodville Mall site and other abandoned buildings to be returned to their original use, it won’t always be feasible. We must also force owners to remove building at their expense, not taxpayers’, if possible.

The Press asked Northwood City Council candidates a series of questions to help the public decide who to vote for in the Nov. 3 election. Here is what they had to say:

Offer one idea that would help spur economic development in Northwood:

James D. Barton (incumbent):
There are two types of economic development – commercial/industrial development and attracting residents to live in Northwood – both of which are critical to future development. Development of the Great Eastern Shopping Plaza as a focal/gathering place is one way to spur economic development. Retail businesses that provide services to people who live and work in Northwood will promote development up and down Woodville Road. Future ideas include festivals and a Farmer’s Market to bring people in and a variety of restaurants will add to the sense of community.

Of seven candidates running for Toledo’s mayor, three have served as mayor before, one is the spouse of someone who served and passed away, two ran for mayor at least once before, and the seventh is a city council member.

That means all have addressed or dealt with Marina District issues before, but all seven still believe that the 127-acre riverfront property along the east side of the Maumee will be developed someday.

The question is, will one of these, when elected, be able to see vertical development?

Northwood Mayor
Randy Kozina
Age: 62
Address: 2514 Eden East Dr., Northwood
Occupation: Retired police officer, City of Toledo
Northwood-area resident for: 60 years
Spouse: Widowed
No. of children: 3
Formal education: Northwood High School; attended Owens Community College
Prior elected office(s): Northwood Board of Education, 1992-2005; Northwood City Council, 2006-present
Clubs and affiliations: St. Jerome Church, American Legion Post 512, Old Newsboys, Toledo Police Retiree Association.

Eight candidates for seats on the Woodmore school board introduced themselves to the district Wednesday before a nearly-packed cafetorium at the PreK-8 Building in Woodville, offering their views on issues confronting the district.

Eight of nine candidates, incumbents Corinna Bench, Julie Bowman, Daniel Hoppe and Steve Huss, and challengers Cara Brown, Sam Preston, Kelly O’Connor and James Kamman, were present. Another challenger, Sean Rizor, had been deployed as a Red Cross volunteer to South Carolina and was unable to attend.

Candidates were allotted two minutes each to answer two pre-determined questions:

• What do you see as the opportunities and challenges at Woodmore Local Schools and why?


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