There could be another candidate running in the race for mayor of Toledo.
Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez held a news conference Friday morning. She discussed Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address earlier this week, plus the possibility of her running for mayor. However, nothing official has been said.
Lopez is taking aim at Kasich's budget plan, which she says calls for a tax increase on the working class, and a tax break for the wealthy. She was joined by Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz and Lucas County Democratic Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler, who are pointing to an analysis of the plan by a Columbus-based firm, which states any cuts to the state income tax for the middle class would not make up for the expansion of services, which would be subject to the state sales tax.
Kapszukiewicz is critical of the governor's plan to expand the scope of the state sales tax, which he says would negate any savings through a reduction in the state income tax.
"Why would the governor of Ohio want to raise taxes on funeral services and bowling alleys and movie tickets?" asked Kapszukiewicz.
During the press conference, Lopez deflected questions for her possible mayoral bid.
"Today's press conference is about the $68 million that are going to be cut locally, and Gov. Kasich needs to be held accountable for those decisions," responded Lopez.
She instead brought the focus back to her call on the governor to restore public safety funding cuts to local governments.
"It's going to hurt us by harming fire, police and local safety, which should be invested in. We know locally the challenges we're having with crime," said Lopez.
While Lopez was in no mood for "mayor talk," Kapszukiewicz had something to say about the current mayor of the Glass City.
"Gov. Kasich gave one shout out to one mayor at the State of the State address, and it was his good friend Mike Bell, and I don't think that will help Mike Bell this November, to be so closely aligned to a governor like John Kasich," said Kapszukiewicz.
Local Democrats say they expect Lopez to enter the race soon.
Should Lopez enter the race, she would join former City Council President Joe McNamara councilman as Democratic opposition to Mayor Mike Bell's re-election bid.
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