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Mayoral Candidates Debate Over Terre Haute Job Creation

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett debated Democratic challenger Fred Nation on Tuesday night at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett faced his November challenger Fred Nation in a debate last evening held at the city’s Woodrow Wilson Middle School. The well-attended event saw the candidates debate over the best method to grow the city’s economy, and how to clean up neighborhoods.

Nation, speaking after the debate, outlined his platform.

“The number one issue is jobs, the number two issue is jobs, and the number three issue is jobs,” he said.  “Now, we can do this as a community if we put our mind to it.”

Bennett, who also says jobs are a top priority of his administration, said what he is most proud of during his time in office was careful spending of tax dollars.

“In these tough times, you’ve got to make it work,” he said. “You can’t just print more money, that’s a problem we’re hearing all over the United States. We’ve positioned ourselves in that area too, to make sure we don’t have any massive cutbacks and cut city services.”

Throughout the debate, Nation insisted the city has money to hire additional building and code inspectors. Bennett however, said the city does not have the funds to create any additional positions without first eliminating some current ones.

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