Written by: Jeremy Baumhower
Rob and Lindsay (Webb) Carter. Courtesy of Facebook.
My phone rang yesterday at an unusual time, from a close friend. It was one of those calls you receive at the dinner table, where you can tell by the tone of the caller’s voice you need to excuse yourself.
The conversation lasted nine minutes. My kids could tell by my face that I was upset.
“No. Everything is not okay. Lindsay Webb cannot be the treasurer, and she is super sad. I’m super sad for her.”
“Can’t she just keep being on city council?”
“Because Lindsay is a mom with a husband who has been dealing with layoffs for some time now, and her credit score wasn’t high enough to do the job.”
“Yes it does … Lindsay is tired of being Mrs. Webb, and is ready to become Mrs. Carter.”
“It means she is leaving politics to focus more on being Frank, Owen and Addison’s mom.”
“Wasn’t she going to be the mayor one day?”
Lindsay Webb posted the following statement at 9:10 am.
PRESS STATEMENT FROM LINDSAY WEBB January 12, 2018
Shortly after taking the oath of office to be the next Lucas County Treasurer, one of the County Commissioners called me to inform me that the County could not bond me. This came as a huge surprise to me. I was shocked. The reason for this is my personal credit score. I, like many people who struggle to make ends meet, knew I didn’t have stellar credit, but I never thought this would result in being denied a bonding necessary to be the Treasurer of the County.
We live like most people in Northwest Ohio, pay check to pay check, month to month, doing the very best that we can to provide for our family. As the old song goes, life happens when you are making other plans; for us, “life” was things like unemployment, bad furnaces, and broken cars. We always played the hand we were dealt. We paid our bills. But, elected officials are held to a higher standard.
After I received that phone call, I rushed home and pulled up my credit report and found an error that was dragging my already stretched credit, even lower. I immediately filed a dispute with the credit reporting agency and with the private student loan company that was improperly reporting my very last payment as 120 days late, when it in fact, was paid in full. However, it is too late. The damage is done.
I cannot take the office of Lucas County Treasurer because I cannot get a surety bond. For that, I apologize to the citizens of this County, the employees in the Treasurer’s office and at the Lucas County Land bank. Having already resigned from Toledo City Council, I feel it is best that I spend some time focusing on my family by returning to private life.
It has been the greatest honor of my life to represent the neighborhoods I love on Toledo City Council, and I have done my level best to try to make the community around me a better place.
My family appreciates your kindness and compassion during a time that has turned from great joy and excitement to disappointment and sadness. We ask you for your decency, consideration, and continued prayer.”
My heart hurts for my friend, her family, and this city. Lindsay’s passion, authenticity and dedication to helping others makes her easy to love and believe in.
She is rare because she is real.
The fact she could not be our treasurer due to a lower credit score than required makes her that much more relateable. These protections are in order because she the treasurer is in charge of handling $300M annually. Lindsay didn’t complain. She was devastated, embarrassed and heartbroken, but understood and accepted the outcome.
I do know being a politician is not an easy life. Every decision debated. Every friendship questioned. Lindsay has been mom-shamed, fat-shamed, and friend-shamed. As tough as she can appear, certain words really punched her heart.
I am not okay (or have yet accepted) her decision to walk away, but I understand. I am inspired by the love she has of her husband, Rob, and of their children, to walk away from public service, her second love.
“Family. Work. Friends.” According to Pete Zunk, my grandfather, Lindsay has her priorities set.
I will ask that you respect Lindsay’s request of privacy. She is currently experiencing all of the emotions you would expect from this setback and decision.
I also ask that you join me in thanking her for her service and dedication to her district and this city. I appreciate that Frank and Owen have shared their mom for this long.
My hope is that she will see how much she is appreciated… and maybe, just maybe — we can one day vote for a Lindsay Carter.
Heather, Lindsay and Meredith
Lindsay and her boys
Owen and his mom
Mr. and Mrs. Carter
Carly, Lindsay and me
Lindsay and Owen
Frank and his mom