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Kansas City, KS, mayoral candidates drum up support

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Just days before voters in Kansas City, KS, go to the polls to elect a new mayor, both candidates are trying to get their message out and drum up support.

The two candidates in the race, both Mark Holland and Ann Murguia, are commissioners in Wyandotte County and both believe they are qualified to be KCK's next chief executive.

With only three days left before Election Day, the race for the mayor's office is reaching a fever pitch. First District Commissioner at Large Holland said his campaign has been well-received.

"The response from the community has been overwhelming. Support continues to pour in. A lot of folks understand what's important to Kansas City, KS," he said.

Holland has received endorsements from the last two mayors who spearheaded and executed development in west Wyandotte County, which includes the Kansas Speedway and The Legends shopping center. It's a model he plans to implement for the rest of the city, if elected.

"We need to take the success out there and plant it in other parts of our community," he said.

That's exactly what Third District Commissioner Murguia has in mind. KCTV5's Dave Jordan caught up with her between campaign stops in KCK's Turner District.

"What I think will be very critical over the next four years is that we really look at economic development in midtown as well as downtown in the northeast area of our community," she said.

Murguia has received endorsements from labor and first responders unions, something she said would be key to her style of governing, if she is elected mayor.

"I've always aligned myself with sort of the average person on the street. The average working-class, hard-working citizen in Wyandotte County," she said.

And now it's time for the citizens to see who they believe will be the best man or woman for the job.

What's interesting about the race for mayor is that there were no negative ads put out by either campaign, although flyers from political action committees for both candidates were circulated. But those flyers were not endorsed by either campaign.

The election is Tuesday.

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