Did I hear correctly? Did I really just hear Councilman Michael Ashford on WSPD say that the Mayor "has the power to appoint people to" Toledo City Council?
Unfortunately, that seems to be the perspective of at least 7 people on Council - including the Republicans.
I guess that the City Charter, which places this responsibility on the members of Toledo City Council doesn't mean that much.
Perhaps next time there is a vacancy on the Council, the members can conduct their own screening in full view of the public, and then make a decision based upon the presentations and Q&A. And since this is a non-partisan office, there should be no question as to the individual's party affiliation. This way, the focus could be on the actual qualifications rather than the political dues paid in the past.
This would certainly do justice to the Charter and to the residents of Toledo.