Sandy Spang’s personal, professional and educational experiences have prepared her to serve the citizens of Toledo. After graduating magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University, Sandy held several management positions, and with her husband, Mark, has developed and managed a portfolio of residential and commercial real estate.
In 2009, Sandy spearheaded the creation of the Beverly Place Facade Grant to revitalize a retail center in the heart of the Beverly neighborhood, and opened Plate 21, a successful independent coffee house with 12 employees.
Sandy was elected in 2013 as an at-large member of Toledo City Council. She is an advocate for economic development and fiscal responsibility, and introduced legislation requiring the city to develop a 20 year maintenance plan for the over 200 structures owned by the City, restore the position of Sign Inspector and revise the city's outdated sign code.
Council Member Spang's commitment to bringing innovation and best practices to Toledo led her to attend:
- National League of Cities Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. and "Big Ideas for Cities" in Los Angeles, CA
- CEOs for Cities Inclusive Growth Conference in Pittsburg,
- The Urban Land Institute's "Joseph P. Riley Jr. Urban Vision Symposium in Charleston, SC.
- Center for Priority Based Budget Annual Conference in Denver, CO
Active in the community, Sandy served as a board member for the Josh Project, on the Educator’s Board of the Toledo Museum of Art, and as a teacher for the Toledo Urban Impact After-School Club. She was a member of the Future of Toledo Eliminating Blight and Repurposing Land Committee.
Sandy received a Community Partnership Award from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and a Civitas Award, which are especially meaningful to her as she is guardian to her special needs brother, Steve.
Sandy and her husband Mark have adult children, Ben, Lily and Eli, who inspire her to make Toledo a city of opportunity.
Sandy’s plan to implement an innovative and transparent process for budget reform is the cornerstone of her platform. The priority-based budget she proposes will:
· Replace an incomprehensible line item budget with one that identifies the individual programs the city is operating
· Determine the actual cost to citizens for each program
· Apply metrics to measure the efficiency & effectiveness of individual programs
· Engage Toledoans in the process of aligning city spending with the priorities of the community
Sandy has experienced first-hand that vibrant small businesses enhance the quality of life in a community. She will encourage small business development in every neighborhood in Toledo.
A modern and well-maintained infrastructure is a fundamental responsibility of elected officials. Wise decisions need to be made to address deferred maintenance of our water treatment facilities, roads and bridges.
The future of Toledo depends upon the decisions we make now. Sandy knows that the same actions that will make life safer and more enjoyable for Toledo’s citizens will also make it a city that is attractive to outside investment and development.
A New Candidate, A New Kind Of Campaign
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