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EDITORIAL: Mayor Bell’s speech

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WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
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Apparently there are politicos and media types who are upset with Toledo Mayor Mike Bell's State of the City address. 

They believe it was inappropriate to use this speech to announce his intention to run for re-election. I disagree. It's Mayor Bell's speech, and he can say what he wants. 

He does so, knowing that his words will be scrutinized, his promises will be recorded, and his follow-through will be analyzed and used against him if possible. 

Mayor Bell has clearly enjoyed the toils of his mayoral tenure. Often he seems to be tugging a reluctant town into an uncertain future. He has courted global investment, created a regional all-in-this-together mentality, and, in spite of his background, at times, infuriated unions.   

He has refused to accept the puppet strings that for decades have made political leaders dance and jerk and even bow. His administration has also experienced scandal and blatant mismanagement. In truth, his international sorties remain more about promise than production and investment. 

But he revels in his iconoclastic style. He unapologetically offered more of the same should he be re-elected. And in keeping with his larger-than-life persona he said something like "if you don't want to vote for me, I'm cool with that." 

Clearly, this was his speech and he was cool with it.     

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