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Both mayor candidates confident after Monday debate

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COLUMBUS, GA - We are four weeks away from Election Day in Georgia, and in Muscogee County.

Both mayoral candidates are entering the home stretch of their campaigns.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and challenger Colin Martin faced off Monday night in a debate.

Both candidates are very confident and feeling like they are in control of this race.

The Monday debate was contentious. What we found out a day after is both candidates are distinctly different, leaving you a unique choice.

“I like to be the type of candidate that is for something, not just against anything. Hopefully, that has been demonstrated and it seems to based on the comments we got and response. I'm very pleased,” said Mayor Tomlinson.

“I've gotten positive feedback from all of my supporters and positive feedback from those on the fence who wanted to find a credible alternative. I think we presented that,” Martin said.

Colin Martin says his campaign got the boost he needed Tuesday when he got endorsements from state senator Josh McCoon, sheriff John Darr, and other area leaders.

“In this city, they know what it is like to win. They want to be supportive of me. They also want a mayor they can work with and collaborate with. That has been the message the entire time. We work with other people and are not always the ones out there taking the credit,” Martin said.

But, Mayor Tomlinson points out that endorsements represents only one vote. She says she has plenty of her own support from city leaders, and says the difference is in how candidates flaunt their support.

“We all have elected officials that support one campaign or another. I just choose to not parade them out in such a way. I want them to feel enthusiasm as a part of the campaign and to be a part of the leadership being provided because they are my colleagues,” Tomlinson said.

As the debate proved, there are many differences between Teresa Tomlinson and Colin Martin. But, both candidates did agree on one thing: the best campaign strategy going forward is consistency in their messages.

Mayor Tomlinson did say the endorsement of city leaders should not lead to division because the winner of the election will have to work with those same government leaders. Martin says having a collaborative leadership style is very important for a mayor.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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