Central mayoral candidates prepping for election
CENTRAL - Both Central mayoral candidates worked hard Friday to make sure voters will turn out for Saturday's election.
Candidate Jr. Shelton made house visits around the city while Dave Freneaux made calls to voters from work.
"It's the day that you still shore up your support, you're still visiting with citizens in their homes, but more importantly you're working on finalizing our plans for the get out to vote project tomorrow," said Shelton.
"You're chief cook and bottle washer. You're doing everything from lining up your teams and supplies to making the phone calls to getting your get out to vote effort to make sure people beat the rain and get to the polls," said Freneaux.
With a new man set to take the reins as the second-ever mayor of Central, Shelton and Freneaux have differing priorities for the city.
"We need elections by districts. Our at large elections have resulted in kind of an imbalanced representation across the city, and it's also extremely expensive for a councilperson to be elected," said Freneaux.
"We've got to get our economic development going. We've got to get our drainage program going. These are all projects that the people have been begging for, and it's time to see the action instead of just plans," said Shelton.
But both candidates agree that Saturday's election will pave the way for the future of the young city.
"This is a historic election. We're going to have a new mayor, a new chief of police and possibly an entirely new council. It's very important for folks to get out. I know the weather may be bad tomorrow, but we still have to get the folks to the polls," said Shelton.
"To me this is an election for the next 40 years. This is an election that will make some decisions such as city center, continued privatization, police protection, etc. that are going to affect us for generations," said Freneaux.
Central residents will also vote on a new police chief and council members.