McCulloch, 67, who had more fundraising and experience, faced his first challenger in Bell, a two-time Ferguson city councilman, since protests erupted in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Previously, McCulloch had only been challenged in three other races, according to the Post-Dispatch.
"People say, 'Well you shocked the world.' No. We shocked the world," Bell told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Out of tragedy, comes opportunity. ... I'm a product of that evolution."