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Mike Bell attended his final city council meeting as mayor Tuesday night, and
revealed that his failed bid for re-election may not be his last campaign.
council said goodbye to Bell at their meeting Tuesday, and thanked him for
leading the city.
all times, your passion, your professionalism and your commitment to others is
outstanding," said Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson.
didn't always agree on everything, but at the end of the day, we left it on the
field and there was no problem for us to go and grab a drink afterwards and
discuss it," added Councilman Adam Martinez.
Some council members thanked the mayor for the
business partnerships he made with Chinese developers, like his controversial
sale of the Marina District land.
"I don't think it matters if the investors were
Chinese or Canadian or Japanese or Irish or English," Councilman Joe McNamara
said. The fact that you were able to sell Toledo and bring investment here is
And Mayor Bell thanked the council, even the man
who defeated him in November.
"What I want to see, Mayor-Elect Collins, is that
you are extremely successful," Bell said. "Because these people out here are
depending on you to be extremely successful."
While it all seems like an ending, it might not be.
The mayor says he could start a consulting firm or run for office again.
"I have not necessarily totally given up," he said.
"I may look at something else politically, but we will just see where that
Also saying goodbye were council members George
Sarantou, Joe McNamara, Shaun Enright and Adam Martinez. Councilman Mike
Collins will be sworn in as mayor in January.