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EDITORIAL: Mayoral ‘Final Showdown’

Moderator Jerry Anderson, Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins Moderator Jerry Anderson, Mayor Mike Bell and Councilman Mike Collins
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The televised debate Wednesday night on Fox Toledo, branded as "The Final Showdown," was in sharp contrast to the soporific, somnambulant debate which took place on Tuesday. 

Jerry Anderson is without peer when it comes to generating energy and demanding focus from candidates. Mayor Bell and Councilman Collins found out quickly that they were no longer doing a public television slow- mo yawner.  This debate moved because that is what viewers want.  They got to see the candidates in action.  Taking heat and experiencing unsure footing is part of being mayor. 

The debate even included breaking news.  Michael Miller, editor in chief of the Toledo Free Press, broke the story about discussions to privatize Toledo Express Airport.  That set off a flurry of indignant tweets as competing reporters frantically hustled to claim "me too" on the airport story.  Funny stuff. 

In the end, the real winners were not the candidates, but the viewers.  An email from a viewer simply said, "This is the best debate I have ever seen."  I can't top that.  

Thanks for watching and thanks for the emails.    

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