Does party affiliation only matter on the national electoral level? I don't think so. In cities heaviliy Democratic in our region, like Toledo, Ann Arbor and Detroit, that title more often than not, helps you win. But. in this Toledo Mayoral election and the last in 2001, we have two Democrats running against each other. What makes Finkbeiner a Democrat? What makes Ford a Democrat? Perhaps campaign contributions to fellow elected officials? Length of time as a member of that party? Strong affiliation with party leadership at the state and national level? Policies and initiatives?
These are questions no debate has asked, and no media have offered. But, Toledo should not take the logo "Democrat" for granted. Someone should ask the candidates what it means to them.