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Grand Island Mayoral Candidates
On the Campaign Trail
With elections just around the corner, Grand Island mayoral candidates are vying for your votes. In the next two nights. Jay Vavricek and Bob Meyer both say they're the right man for the job. Neither is a stranger to the city government and though their vision for Grand Island is similar, they differ in their unique experience and perspective that they'll bring to the job.
He's a familiar name in Grand Island. Jay Vavricek. Already having served as Grand Island's mayor, before giving it up for a run at congress in 2006. Now he says he's ready to lead the city again.
"The mission is the same whether it be in 2002 or now in 2010 in openness and promoting good government and so those were issues I had in my heart a year ago," said Vavricek.
Vavricek says he has the experience Grand Island needs, but his opponent Bob Meyer also touts his credentials to lead the city.
The former Grand Island firefighter and paradmedic for 2 decades now currently serves on the city council. He's done so for more than seven years, two terms as council President.
"My service with the city council does give the edge about what's going on. Also like stress that I've worked with the city for 20 years, I'm familiar with al the city departments, I understand how all the city departments work," Meyer said.
The biggest challenge for either candidates when taking office will be balancing a city budget that has proven to be a challenge. Vavricek currently heads GI family radio stations, he says those management skills will serve the city best. "I've managed a budget and ive created jobs but really ive worked with people and a mayors job is really all about working with people," he explained.
But Meyer says Grand Island has had too many city leaders with a business background. He offers something else, something different.
"I bring a more common sense home based thought about establishing a budget and living within your means," Meyer said.
Vavricek won over the majority of the voters in the May primary, taking in nearly 60 percent of the votes. But Meyer has spent the past 5 months getting his message and qualifications out, hoping to end up with majority of the votes on Tuesday night.
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