The Press will co-sponsor two mayoral debates in October, one for the City of Oregon and one for the City of Toledo.
A debate between incumbent Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian and challenger Tom Susor will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Mercy St. Charles Hospital. The public is invited.
The debate is sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Economic Development Foundation and the Press Newspapers.
|Mike Seferian||Tom Susor|
Mayor Seferian, an Independent, defeated then Mayor Marge Brown in the 2009 election and is finishing his first term. He previously served on council from 1989 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2008, when as council president, he ran for mayor. He is a mechanic and owner of a service station in East Toledo.
Tom Susor, the endorsed Democrat, is the current council president. He was elected to council in 2010. He previously had served as a councilman from 1983 to 1991. He is an electrical contractor and the operations manager with TAS, Inc, Electrical Contractors, a family business.
The second debate, between incumbent Toledo Mayor Michael Bell and challenger D. Michael Collins will take place Thursday, Oct, 24, 12:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Center.
|Michael Bell||D. Michael Collins|
The two Independents survived the recent primary.
Mayor Bell was elected to his first term in 2009. He was appointed State Fire Marshal in 2007 and previously had served as Toledo Fire Chief for more than 16 years. He is a Woodward High School and University of Toledo graduate.
Collins was elected as the District 2 councilman in 2008. Previously, he served for 27 years in the Toledo Police Department, the last 10 as president of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association. He is a Libbey High School and University of Toledo graduate and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.
The debate is sponsored by The East Toledo Club and The Press Newspapers.