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McNamara signs ethics pledge for mayoral race

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Joe McNamara is setting higher standards for the upcoming race by creating guidelines for those involved. Joe McNamara is setting higher standards for the upcoming race by creating guidelines for those involved.
McNamara signed an ethics pledge Monday morning and urges his fellow running mates to do the same. McNamara signed an ethics pledge Monday morning and urges his fellow running mates to do the same.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A Democrat trying to become Toledo's next mayor says he wants to help set a higher standard for the upcoming race.

With a major announcement anticipated Tuesday from Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez about entering the race, Joe McNamara says he wants to help set the guidelines for all mayoral candidates, especially those holding public office. 

During a press conference Monday morning outside the Lucas County Courthouse, McNamara promised to not accept any campaign contributions from city employees and said if he learns about his campaign getting money from a city employee, he will donate it to charity. McNamara is urging his fellow mayoral candidates to do the same.

"We owe it to the people of Toledo to conduct ourselves honestly, both during this campaign and as mayor," said McNamara. "I am hopeful that every candidate will be eager to join me and sign this pledge to show that our ethics are beyond reproach."

According to McNamara, the ethics pledge he signed is not casting any allegations at current Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, but he wants to make sure candidates are not accepting money from people who the mayor has influence over, no matter who is holding that office. He says he also wants to make sure government employees are not working on campaigns during business hours.

"We've seen in previous campaigns during business hours, public employees working on a campaign. I think it's no different than asking them for money or pressuring them to contribute money," explained McNamara.

According to a statement issued by the McNamara campaign, the main points of the pledge are as follows:

  • To refuse any and all campaign contributions from government employees over whom I have the power to hire or fire, as well as from their spouses and immediate family members.
  • If I learn that a government employee (or spouse or immediate family member) over whom I have the power to hire or fire has contributed to my campaign, I will promptly donate that contribution to charity.
  • To hire, fire, promote, demote, and set compensation levels based on knowledge, experience, and performance and not previous campaign contributions.
  • No government employees can participate in campaign activities during normal government business hours.
  • Strictly ban the use of government property for anything besides official business.

McNamara officially announced his run for mayor in February during a press conference at Fire Station 3 in north Toledo. Other candidates who have already announced their intentions to run include current Mayor Mike Bell, Alan Cox, Opal Covey and Michael Konwinski.

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