Bell, Wilkowski face off for first time at UT debate - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Bell, Wilkowski face off for first time at UT debate

By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - If today's debate was any indication, the race to see who'll become Toledo's next mayor will focus squarely on the issues and steer clear of "dirty politics" and candidates who spend time attacking their opponent.

Constitution Day was celebrated on the University of Toledo campus by hosting a debate between Mike Bell and Keith Wilkowski. The candidates sat down to discuss issues including development and education.

"In a knowledge-based economy which is what we're in right now, it is essential we have people with knowledge if we're going to succeed and see the standard of living maintained and grow," Wilkowski said.

"If we can take small businesses figure out if they have 10 employees how we can take them up to 20 or 30 employees by using funds we give to big corporations potentially leave us I think we can formulate jobs," Bell said.

Those in attendance also heard the candidate positions on charter schools.

"I think competition inside school system is good," Bell said. "People are going to send their kids to where they feel comfortable where they're going to get the education they want."

"We understand what works across the board longer school days longer school years parental involvement," Wilkowski said."

One thing missing from the mayoral show down: personal jabs and attacks normally associated with political debates. If this pattern continues, Toledo voters can expect to hear plenty of discussion and no mud slinging.

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