Like Sands Through the Hourglass

Rev. Donald L. Perryman, D.Min.

By Rev. Donald L. Perryman, Ph.D.
The Truth Contributor

  Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.
                  – MacDonald Carey

As the year draws to a close, Toledo’s political landscape is poised at another pivotal crossroads, mirroring the intricate narratives of a classic soap opera. The city is abuzz with anticipation and strategic alignments once again as the tenure of the term-limited City Council President Matt Cherry approaches its finale.

This dramatic scene comes hot on the heels of the unresolved cliffhanger surrounding the selection of a successor for retiring Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon-Wozniak, further intensifying the drama in Toledo’s political theater.

The quest to identify Cherry’s successor transcends merely filling a vacancy. It has evolved into a complex narrative of shifting alliances, the emergence of dark horse candidates and a delicate balance of power and ambition. Echoing the central themes of a gripping soap opera, Toledo’s politics are also rife with intricate power dynamics, unexpected plot twists and the potential for surprise developments.

Amidst this dynamic backdrop, public and behind-the-scenes alliances have formed and may dissolve as circumstances and interests change. Rivalries between factions, each vying for influence, power or public approval, further add layers to the unfolding melodrama.

However, unlike the fictional world of soap operas, the stakes in this political dilemma are real and tangible. The decision on who will become the next Toledo City Council president will directly impact real lives and shape our community’s future.

Among the notable cast members in this real-life drama, Nick Komives is currently the central character, having emerged as the front-runner.

Carrie Russell Hartman, a favorite in Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s political bloc, has indicated her support for Komives, valuing his guidance and counsel over the years. This endorsement speaks volumes in the theatre of Lucas County Democratic Party politics, where alliances can often dictate the trajectory of such races. Hartman and Komives have been tight for several years, coming up and working on Party campaigns together. While acknowledging Komives’ capabilities, Hartman’s decision also underscores the intricate network of political loyalties at play. It provides him with a leg up for the appointment.

Yet, the contest is far from decided. Theresa Morris and John Hobbs are also in the mix and present strong candidacies. Morris, in particular, carries the informal endorsement of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, adding a layer of intrigue to her candidacy. While Kaptur remains non-interfering in city council intricacies, her influence is subtly felt, adding political heft to Morris’s potential candidacy.

Morris also has acquired a notable connection with the Point Place community, especially in the aftermath of the June 2023 tornado. Her presence and support during this crisis have significantly boosted her standing.

Another intriguing aspect of the race is the significant representation of women on the council, raising the possibility of a female president. This development could represent a meaningful shift in the council’s dynamics. Teresa Morris, currently serving as President Pro Tempore, brings crucial experience to the table. Cerssandra McPherson and an unnamed dark horse candidate have also been mentioned as potential contenders. However, realizing a female presidency hinges on the strategic alignment among the seven councilwomen, who represent a majority of the 12-member governing body.

Adding to the complexity, there are rumors of potential departures from the council and corresponding shifts within Mayor Kapszukiewicz’s administration. These potential movements could open new avenues in the administration and alter the balance within the city council. Katie Moline’s potential move to the auditor’s office, depending on the Lucas County Commissioners’ appointment outcome, could create a council vacancy, further complicating the presidential contest.

In this climate of uncertainty, the council’s historically last-minute decision-making process adds an element of suspense. The histrionics of our local politics’ fluid and dynamic nature is underscored by its enigmatic and often 11th-hour resolution of such decisions.

As Toledo stands at this political juncture, the support and alignment of individual council members with the various candidates will be crucial.

The upcoming decision leans toward Komives, given his growing support within the council, strategic endorsements, and status as the longest-serving council member who has publicly thrown his hat in the race and is actively working with the other members to gain their support.

However, the final outcome remains open in the ever-shifting sands of Toledo politics.

In summary, the race for the Toledo City Council presidency is a dramatic and evolving narrative, reflecting the complex interplay of personal loyalties, strategic interests, and the broader political currents within the city.

Like the sands of an hourglass, so are the days of our lives in the saga of Toledo’s ever-changing and unpredictable politics.

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