2 council hopefuls seek input on city

by Sam Melden

"Two youthful candidates for at-large Toledo City Council seats want to engage 20 and 30-year-olds in the development of a long-range plan for Toledo.

Involving those who will be most affected by the city’s future will make them 'feel more involved, and have ownership in the plan,' Sam Melden, 34, said Tuesday after a brief news conference in the Brim House lobby at the Renaissance Hotel downtown."


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2 council hopefuls seek input on city

Toledo City Council candidates hope to focus on future of youth in Toledo

by Sam Melden

"It seems like it's an older generation that's in charge of us right now," said Jim Schulty, a Toledo-native and student at UT. "Getting some fresh ideas in there would never hurt."

Melden says he knows one of those issues is a lack of young people in influential city government positions.

 "Youth is missing from the 22nd floor, so we need more young people engaged in city hall," Melden said. "But we need more young people engaged all throughout the city."

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Toledo City Council candidates hope to focus on future of youth in Toledo

Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie show support for Toledo mayoral and council candidates

by Sam Melden

"Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie (ACLE) announced its "Clean Slate for Clean Water" movement in support of local political candidates concerned about Lake Erie.

...'These are candidates who know what the issue is and they are not afraid to speak their mind," said ACLE Coordinator Mike Ferner. "We think that with them in office we'll be able to get Lake Erie cleaned up a lot faster than at the current rate.'"


Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie have endorsed Sam Melden.

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Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie show support for Toledo mayoral and council candidates

 

Toledo council candidate highlights homeless children

by Sam Melden

"Toledo Council candidate Sam Melden called on city and school leaders Thursday to find solutions to the problem of homeless children.

Mr. Melden made the announcement in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery near the grave of Samuel 'Golden Rule' Jones, the mayor of Toledo from 1897 until his death in 1904.

Thursday was the 171st anniversary of Mayor Jones' birthday.

'Jones was known as Golden Rule because of his deeply held belief that leaders could lead effectively by adhering to the timeless principle by treating others as you want to be treated,' Mr. Melden said."

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Toledo council candidate highlights homeless children

Beyond Blame-Shame Politics

by Sam Melden

"With several fresh faces equipped with party endorsements for the 2017 local elections, I get the sense that Toledo voters are sick and tired of the traditional blame-shame politics of the past.

 Instead, I surmise, the public is strongly desirous of candidates who cross racial, social and cultural lines but bring effective concrete proposals for rebuilding our city and community.

One such candidate is Sam Melden, a Toledo-born millennial with a background in the nonprofit world. Recently, I had a conversation with Melden to discuss his agenda and message."

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Beyond Blame-Shame Politics

The Need For Young Blood

by Sam Melden

"There is at least one fresh face out there preparing to run for council — Sam Melden. He has made peace with the machine, but he is close to the generation of young leaders who have been shut out. Indeed, he is almost their spokesman. He has brains, imagination, and deep roots in this community. He could make a difference."

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The Need For Young Blood

Young Business Owners Tout Toledo Talent

by Sam Melden

"Sam Melden, 32, who is director of growth and advancement at Leadership Toledo, said local business professionals have a problem with “false narratives' and 'old stories about our community.'

'What do we do from here? We keep going,' he said. 

'What we do, is the next time someone wants to tell a false story about our community, we stand up again and tell a better story,' Mr. Melden said. 'And we’ll keep doing that forever.'"

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Young Business Owners Tout Toledo Talent