A Letter from Mark Wagoner

Debates and elections are healthy for any community as we have a conversation about how our city government can play a vital role in improving the lives of all residents.

As a former State Senator and a current member of Ohio Republican State Central Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to know and work with Tom over the past 14 years. From my experience, I can tell you that Tom is a man of character, vast competence, vision, and an abiding faith in the potential of Toledo.

As our hero Abraham Lincoln once said, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. "That is Tom. Tom’s Toledo roots run deep. Growing up in the Polish neighborhood of North Toledo, Tom developed his values from hard-working parents. His father, Steve, ran a small butcher shop and grocery store on Lagrange Street. His mother, Clara, worked at the General Motors Transmission plant on Alexis Road. Those values of hard work learned from his parents have guided Tom throughout his life.

A graduate of St. Adalbert Grade School, St. Francis High School, The University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University, Tom’s commitment to public service is unparalleled as seen by his journalism career and the many not-for-profit organizations he has been affiliated with. As a journalist, Tom was an investigative reporter and producer responsible for busting a four-state dog-fighting ring centered in Lucas County. As a public watchdog, he reported on waste and corruption in government.

Tom’s been serving our community his entire life. He served on non-profit boards including the American Red Cross, Mom’s House, St. Joseph School, and the University of Toledo Professional Staff Council. He’s served in the Feed Your Neighbor Program, and is a member of the Press Club and the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. As chairman of the United Way board of trustees, Tom brought the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Phone Service to Lucas County. Tom walks the walk of true public service.

In addition to his service, Tom brings business experience as the former co-owner of Access Toledo, an Internet company. Through that, Tom knows the pressures of meeting a payroll and the challenges of balancing a budget.

Tom is a fighter too—showing toughness when needed. As many of you might recall, Tom was not invited to Toledo politics. He had to kick open the door against a powerful political machine working against him. He prevailed against tough odds by—well—being Tom, focusing on neighborhoods, knowing his constituents, and explaining his vision of a better Toledo door by door. And Tom lived up to his promises by staying close with his constituents and casting the tough vote from time to time. Tom’s constituents have recognized his commitment, consistently sending him back for almost ten years—a sign of loyalty by those who know him best.

But Tom’s greatest title has been Dad. He has always said his greatest accomplishment is being a good father to his daughter Jordan, who is proud to join her father through his campaign.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” Now, my friend Tom Waniewski takes that first step of faith in his journey to make the City of Toledo a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Please join me in supporting Tom Waniewski as the next Mayor of Toledo!



Mark Wagoner