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Candidates prepare for campaigns in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Candidates are gearing up their campaigns as we get closer to election day. Whether running for the school board or mayor, all the candidates News Three spoke to had a clear vision of what they wanted for Columbus and Muscogee County.

May 20th, a little more than 4 months away, is the date for several elections in our area including the mayor and school board. Candidates for the mayor's race are getting prepared with signage around the area and goals for the city.

"My vision really is that the kids who are growing up here will say I want to come back to Columbus," said Colin Martin, candidate for mayor.

"Those are some of the things I look forward to talking about is coming in trouble shooting taking a worst case scenario and making it a best case scenario and then all of the other partnerships we've had to create in this era of growth that we're firmly in," said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

The Mayor focused on the wealth of opportunities in Columbus and how the city will continue to grow under her leadership. Colin Martin says his first focus will be on crime in the city.

"As I go around and talk to folks, crime is the number 1 issue. Folks don't feel safe in their homes and we're going to talk about what we can do to change that," said Martin.

He said if elected he'll have constant communication with public safety officials and the community. The mayor also talked crime. She says they are working to stop the increase that we saw in the last couple of months of 2013 but says these last 3 years have seen the lowest crime rates over the past decade.

This year the school board has 5 seats up for election and Cathy Williams, the at-large board member, has already said she's not running again. Kia Chambers is one candidate who is hoping to take Williams' place.

"When I make a decision, I'm going to make sure I ask myself 3 questions. Is it what's best for kids? Is it fair and equitable? And is it fiscally responsible," said Chambers.

If you need to register to vote you can visit http://www.columbusga.org/elections/ for more information.

Naomi Keitt

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