One of the last major undecided endorsers in the race for mayor of Toledo - the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce - held a clambake last week and the only candidate or potential candidate on hand was Mike Bell.
Bell attended the chamber's annual clambake on July 30 at the Hollywood Casino.
A person was seen in the crowd wearing a 2013 Mike Bell for mayor T-shirt.
According to my sources, not in attendance were: Carty Finkbeiner, Sandy Drabik Collins, or Paula Hicks-Hudson.
Maybe they couldn’t afford the $85 admission ticket.
Bell is not campaigning and has done nothing to indicate he would run except to say that he is keeping an open mind about entering the campaign for the Nov. 3 special election. The winner of the open-field contest would serve the two years left in the term of the late D. Michael Collins.
The annual clambake is one of three major annual fundraisers the Chamber puts on. It’s not a political event, but the chamber’s endorsement will carry a certain amount of weight and money when it is made.
Chamber spokesman Stacey Mallett told me the endorsement will be made after the Sept. 15 city council primary elections.