Bell, Collins square off in live Toledo mayoral debate

With the general election just over one month away, incumbent Mayor Mike Bell and his challenger, D. Michael Collins, are campaigning hard for Toledo's votes for mayor.

WNWO and WSPD host the first live televised debate between the two candidates on Monday from 7-8 p.m.

Both men vying for votes are running for Toledo mayor as Independents. Both having history keeping Toledo safe. Collins is a retired Toledo Police officer. Bell, a retired Toledo Fire chief.

Yet, the way these two Toledo natives do things can often be polar opposite. "Mike Collins is a little more particular, and will give you maybe a little bit more information than you expected," said debate moderator Fred Lefebvre of WSPD. "The current mayor, Mike Bell, is very direct with his answers. He's not afraid to step into anything and answer a question."

On Nov. 5, voters must back someone to lead the city over the next four years, and Monday's debate will be a deciding factor.

"(There was) very, very little interest by voters in the primary," said WNWO News Director and debate moderator Jim Blue. "Now people are really starting to focus on the mayoral race, and this is a chance for them to really stir that interest."


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Watch Monday's debate live on WNWO, here on, or on the WNWO mobile app for iOS and Android, Monday, Oct. 7 from 7 -8 p.m.