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Mayoral candidates push to get out the vote

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Wisconsinites head to the polls in the spring election and in La Crosse voters will choose a new mayor.

The race started with 11 and is now down to two: bank executive and former councilmen, Doug Farmer and the executive director of Downtown Mainstreet, Tim Kabat.

Both candidates spent the final day before the election, knocking on doors.

"We are still out knocking on doors and we're actually doing kind of a combination of door knocking and literature drop just to try to get that last minute message out to folks, asking them for their support," Kabat said. "Just, again, having those one-on-one interactions with as many voters as possible is really what I see as being the difference in the election."

Doug Farmer also spent Tuesday making a final push to get out the vote.

"Going around, door to door, I did a few yard signs this morning, and then tonight, trying to get out the vote some more," Farmer said. "And I've also been furnished with a list of voting places so if anyone asks where they vote, I can get them there."

Both candidates said throughout the campaign revitalizing neighborhoods will be a priority as well as creating cohesion between the council and the office of mayor. Where they differ, are their backgrounds.

"Mr. Farmer's been on the council for a number of years and we've seen issues with neighborhoods and infrastructure and all that happen, you know deteriorate, over the last 20 years so, I think that's really the biggest difference," Kabat said.

Kabat worked as an administrator for the city before joining Downtown Mainstreet.

"I've been in city hall so I've got experience working on a daily basis, managing projects, and working on programs as a staff person," Kabat said.

Farmer is a bank executive with more than 25 years on the city council. He says it's his years on the council that make him ready to assume the office of mayor.

"The exponential difference is experience. He says I have too much, I say he has too little," Farmer said. "It is a process that it pays to know.  You have to know how the 17 departments fit together. 17 council members and 17 departments and unless you know how they fit together, it's not going to be good."

The polls open Tuesday at 7 AM and will remain open until 8 PM.

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