Jackson mayoral candidates prepare for election

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – There are five candidates for mayor and all have something different to offer the city, but by the end of the day Tuesday, two nominees will be left for the General Election in November.

To begin our coverage of the candidates for mayor we start with Councilwoman Laura Dweyer Schlecte who is the only candidate currently serving on city council.

She believes in order to serve as mayor you need to first have experience in city government.

“I understand the elements of economic development and I have the connections to bring people to the table to start doing some developing,” said Laura Dwyer Schlecte, candidate for mayor of Jackson.

Next is William Jors, who is an experienced banker and Jackson native.

Jors says he wants to make the city more business friendly and says he wants to restore the city to its former glory.

“City government needs to be more pro-business. There seems to be an adversarial role between city government and our employers and that needs to change,” said William Jors, candidate for mayor of Jackson.

Third is Martin Griffin, a former Jackson mayor and state representative. Griffin says his previous experience as mayor would help him serve in the position again.

His goal as mayor would be to secure the city’s future.

“We need to look long-term not just next year, not just five years, but 25 and 50 years from now,” said Martin Griffin, candidate for Mayor of Jackson.

Candidate John Wilson has worked in the Michigan Department of Corrections and is taking a neighborhood-centered approach.

Wilson says as mayor he will work to fix city streets and bring back leaf pick up services.

“The city has the money to take care of our streets to pick up our leaves, to take care of these empty lots, to pave our streets,” said John Wilson, candidate for mayor of Jackson.

The fifth candidate, Eugene Hurd Jr. was unavailable for comment. He is currently in the Jackson County Jail on a probation violation.

6 News will be following the results of the Primary Election all through the evening on Tuesday so stay right here for the latest.

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