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Mason City At-Large Councilman race underway

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Created: October 30, 2019 06:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Former City Councilman Max Weaver is challenging Incumbent Paul Adams for the at-large council seat in Mason City.

"I've served 12 years at the council at the front of the room and I've served for over 25 years in the back of the room," Weaver said.

Adams was elected in 2016 and wants to encourage younger people to stay in the area.

"My wife's born and raised here. I'm a local North Iowan my whole life. We decided to make Mason City our home and plant roots here," Adams said.

Adams hopes to continue the local economic growth in Mason City if re-elected but Weaver said it's also important to invest in people outside of the downtown area.

"We've thrown $120 million into our downtown and you'll be hard-pressed to find a piece of fudge or a cookie down there, and a lot of people are starting to question that and saying enough is enough," Weaver said.

Weaver also said one of his reasons for running again is a need for more transparency at the decision-making table.

"[Adams] won't debate. He won't meet. That's clearly a lack of transparency and people should be asking themselves why? Why doesn't he want to sit down at the table and debate the issues with his opponent," Weaver said.

Adams said he and his campaign have been transparent with voters since his run in 2016.

"The feedback we've gotten has been positive. Not one person has talked about lack of transparency in city government," Adams said. "I'm hoping the voter turnout speaks to that on Tuesday."

Adams won the 2016 election by more than 1,200 votes, according to The North Iowa Tribune.

You can cast your vote in the polls November 5. 

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