City council will fill an opening for District 2 in a special election on Tuesday, for Mayor Collins' unexpired term. Another seat could open if a current councilman has his way.
At-large city councilman Jack Ford filed signature petitions on Monday afternoon at the Lucas County Board of Elections, for the 11th District state senate seat currently held by democrat Edna Brown. Brown is running for re-election.
Ford has only been on council since January but says he would still have the rest of this year to fulfill his campaign promises. And he feels he can do more, for more people, in the state senate.
Ford wants to focus on Great Lakes issues and jobs for young people and also the growing heroin epidemic. He ran a drug treatment program for 13 years and says he's uniquely qualified to address the problem.
"We need long term care. We cannot stay with the traditional hospital-based two weeks to 4 week care. We need folks, months in treatment, and then when they get out, they have to have an extensive reentry program," Ford said.
Ford is a former state house member, Toledo mayor and school board member.
He is also a longtime democrat but will run for state senate in the fall as an independent.