Mayoral candidates reflect on campaigns before elections - Toledo News Now, Breaking News, Weather, Sports, Toledo

Mayoral candidates reflect on campaigns before elections

Posted: Updated:
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's almost Election Day, when voters will decide who will lead Toledo for the next four years.

Throughout the race, the two independent candidates – Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Michael Collins – have sparred over issues important to the people of the Glass City.

The two candidates don't campaign the same way, and are very different, but they both want the same thing: to be mayor.

"To be very honest with you, it just hit me, just within the last maybe eight hours, that the campaign is coming to an end," Collins said.

Collins calls himself the ‘David' in this race – an underdog. But he says his volunteers worked long hours to spread his message of change. He says one of his first priorities if he were to win is to re-open the Northwest District Police Station, which was closed by the Bell administration.

He says he will staff the building with a special victims and domestic violence unit.

"We're going to go through it," he said. "We're going to see what it needs and how to bring it back and make it presentable."

Mayor Bell spent the last night before the election as a guest bartender at Chuck's on Monroe Street. It was a chance to unwind after a long campaign season.

"I'm just winding down, socializing and being here at Chuck's and being able to hang out with regular people," he said.

Bell says his campaign picked up the pace since the September primary, making sure voters know what he stands for and the difference between him and Collins. He says he wants another four years to keep the city on the path to success.

"From my standpoint and my team, I think we've done everything we could and we're going to leave it all on the field, so it's all good," he said.

Both candidates will vote in the morning on Tuesday, then greet voters at the polls.

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.