Council Candidates Talk with News 11's Rob Wiercinski

TOLEDO -- Some council candidates have emerged from yesterday's primary election as the heavy favorites. Others are the underdogs, reports News 11's Rob Wiercinski, who caught up with many of the candidates on Wednesday.

There's no time for the candidates to feel good about their primary wins. They have to focus on the November election.

In District 2, Mike Collins cleared the first hurdle, and he'll square off against Molly McHugh Branyan. Collins is up against a candidate with the McHugh name recognition and Democratic Party support. Southwyck will be a key focus in his campaign.

"I am going to champion this cause to make sure that we are not going to be held hostage by any of the entities over in Southwyck. We are going to move Southwyck forward," Collins says.

Ronnell Traynum says she wants to become an advocate for people in District 4. She has less than two months to make a name for herself, to try to pull off the upset against Council President Mike Ashford.

"How am I going to make my name known? Doing exactly what I've been doing, knocking on doors, being in places where people say, you know what, she is concerned," Traynum says.

With incumbent Joe Birmingham failing to make the cut in District 6, Lindsay Webb has gone from underdog to favorite. She says despite a strong showing in the primary, she'll campaign hard against David Ball, including a focus on city money matters.

"I'll have meetings in the council district to talk to the citizens directly about what they feel is important and their thoughts about the administration's priorities as it relates to the budget, and then I'll vote the conscience of the community," Webb says.

A total of 11 candidates were eliminated Tuesday in these 3 council races. Six are left to fill three seats.

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