Toledo mayor says she will run to keep position she took over in wake of former mayor's death


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TOLEDO, Ohio — The mayor of Toledo has announced she will run to keep the position she took over after the death of the city's former mayor.

Former City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson was sworn in as mayor last month following the death of 70-year-old Mayor D. Michael Collins who died after suffering cardiac arrest. She'll serve until a November special election.

Hicks-Hudson tells The Blade newspaper ( ) that leaders are on the cusp of turning Toledo around and she wants to continue to lead the city forward. The 63-year-old democrat said deciding to run was a deliberate process and finalizing the city's proposed incentive package to keep Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo was a priority.

Collins' widow, 67-year-old Sandy Drabik, has said she'll consider running for election to finish her husband's work.

Information from: The Blade,

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