Former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell Endorses Matt Dolan for U.S. Senate

Chagrin Falls, OH – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dolan today announced the endorsement of former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell.  Bell, a longtime public servant, served as mayor from 2009 to 2014. Bell is the latest in a string of current and former Ohio mayors to offer their support of Dolan’s candidacy. 

“The challenges which confront Toledo, Northwest Ohio and our state require leaders of substance, experience, and good character. The campaign for U.S. Senate has tested the candidates and Matt Dolan has clearly emerged as a public servant that is squarely focused on issues of vital importance to Ohio. I’m pleased to join the growing ranks of Republicans, current and former mayors, and first responders in endorsing Matt Dolan for U.S. Senate,” said former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell. 

“Mike Bell’s distinguished career of public service has always been about putting the needs of his fellow Ohioans first. As a firefighter, Chief of the Department, State Fire Marshall and Mayor of Toledo, Mike’s efforts have helped to make communities in Northwest Ohio and across our state safer. As a Republican, Mike also understands the importance of growing our party’s ranks to champion the kind of commonsense fiscal policies he implemented as Mayor. I am honored to have his endorsement,” said Matt Dolan.

Former Mayor Bell Biography:

Raised and educated in Toledo, Michael P. Bell has devoted his entire 30-year career in public service to his hometown. In 1990, he was named chief of the Toledo Fire Department at 35, making him the youngest chief in the country and the first African American to lead an Ohio city fire department. He was elected mayor of Toledo in 2009, serving until 2014, where he balanced the Toledo City Budget without the worker layoffs sought by his predecessor. Bell is a distinguished member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame.

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