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Last Minute Thoughts From Mayoral Candidates

Some have held the position before, others are write-in candidates.

Our Nick Perreault caught up with those in Lansing and Jackson hoping to become top dog in the mayoral battle.

The final hours of campaigning for votes had those hoping to be named mayor going door to door, making phone calls and participating in debates.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says Lansing's future doesn't just include him as mayor, but making sure he has his team in place as well.

"Just like the president needs people in congress to vote for him, I need folks that will help me move an agenda of progress at the city council, so those council races are just as important as my race."

Bernero's opponent Harold Leeman says he'll offer Lansing something different.

"This is what the voters need to decide, do they want a system of checks and balances or a dictatorship," Leeman said.

"The proposals and policies and ordinances set forth my our current Mayor Marty Griffin punish rather than reward the citizens of Jackson," said Mayoral Candidate John Wilson.

In Jackson both John Wilson and Jason Smith look to replace Mayor Griffin.

"'Essential government services are what the citizens of Jackson expect and deserve, they pay for it currently they need to be provided," Wilson said.

John Wilson says Jackson needs to change their leaf pickup and trash removal, while Jason Smith wants to focus on bringing jobs to the city.

"We have a very strong available workforce, we have a strong infrastructure available and can't reduce overhead costs by 90% relocating here, " Mayoral Candidate Jason Smith said.

While Mayor Griffin says in his over ten years as mayor the city is moving in the right direction and will continue if he's re-elected.

"We've got a good management crew, we've got good staff and we need to continue the programs we've implemented," Mayor Griffin said.

We will see if it is enough to earn another term as voters have the final say.

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