Collins unseats Bell as mayor of Toledo
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:30

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Toledo councilman who had the strong backing of labor unions has ousted the city's current mayor.

Independent D. Michael Collins defeated independent Mayor Mike Bell on Tuesday, winning 57 percent of the vote in unofficial results with 100 precincts reporting. Collins won 28,002 votes to 21,536 for Bell.

Collins is a retired police officer endorsed by several labor unions in the state's fourth-largest city.

Bell is a former state fire marshal supported by many Toledo business groups. But he drew the ire of organized labor by speaking out in favor of Kasich's proposal to set new minimum contributions for public employee health care and retirement benefits.

Ohio voters rejected the collective bargaining law two years ago.

Collins wants to hire more police officers and place more attention on neighborhoods

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