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looking as if neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party will be
endorsing a candidate in the upcoming Toledo mayoral election.
Mike Bell has already turned down the endorsement of the Lucas County
Republican Party. Tuesday night, the party's executive committee decided not to
endorse Bell's challenger, Councilman Mike Collins.
says he's running as an independent candidate, but would welcome any support if
it's offered. He already has endorsements from the United Auto Workers, the
AFLCIO, the Police Patrolman's Union, and the Firefighter's Local 92. He's
hoping soon to receive support from the Teamsters and the Building Trades
the Democratic Party stay on the sidelines in the mayoral race, Collins
believes that wouldn't be an obstacle in his quest to become mayor.
welcome that support, but I'm not going to be a divisive person into their
structure. I have more respect for the process," he said. "I fully intend
serving as mayor to be a mayor of all parties, of all peoples."
Bell says he was expecting Collins to receive the union endorsements, but he's
focusing on his message of dealing with the city's financial troubles without
laying off police and firefighters.