3 people face off in Jackson race for Mayor

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JACKSON, MI (WILX) -- Election Day is August 6 across Michigan and Jackson voters have a big decision to make as they hit the polls to narrow down the Mayoral Candidate Race.

Election Day is August 6 across Michigan and Jackson voters have a big decision to make as they hit the polls to narrow down the Mayoral Candidate Race. (Source WILX)

Currently, there are three candidates on the ballot.

The top two will advance and face off in the November 5 General Election.

MEET THE CANDIDATES:
Mayor Derek Dobies is running for re-election. He's seeking to be the first incumbent to win a mayor's race in Jackson in nearly 15 years.

"The problems that we face aren't problems that have come to fruition in the last year or in the last five years for that matter. They're long term systemic problems. I think that we've made a lot of effort to turn the city around," said Mayor Dobies.

Current Councilman Jeromy Alexander is hoping to make it to the top floor of City Hall.

"An inexperienced person might come in thinking that they're just going to change the world in one quick blow and that's just not how it works. You've got to know how the system works so that we can begin to use the system for our constituents," said Alexander.

Newcomer Cindy Eby will also be on the ballot.

"Cleaning up City Hall. Stopping the corruption. Improving the transparency. Making it more responsive to citizens. There's a lot of work to do," said Eby.

One major problem facing these candidates is how they will address gun violence in Jackson.

Mayor Dobies said, "It's going to involved some gun violence intervention programming. Some thoughtful ways that we can work to rebuild our infrastructure in different ways that will help curb some of the crime that our communities and neighborhoods face."

And Jeromy Alexander said, "I think it's going to be a little trial and error we have to try anything, see what works. If it works great if not we try something else."

Welcome the families of the chronic offenders and maybe just not just the chronic offenders, but the kids that are starting to skip schools and get in minor trouble, intervening with the families at that stage," said Cindy Eby.

The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6 and close at 8 p.m.

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