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Five candidates running for Austin Mayor

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's primary election day across Minnesota Tuesday and members of the DFL, the Republican and Independence Parties are casting their ballots and lining up their candidates for the battle in November. In Austin five candidates including Mayor Tom Stiehm are on the ballot.

Four candidates are looking to oust Mayor Stiehm from his current position. Your vote will decrease the playing field from 5 to 2 on November's ballot. If experience is what you're looking for, Mayor Tom Stiehm said he's your guy. A resident of Austin for more than 30-years he has been involved in the community by serving in law enforcement, the Marine Corp and as Austin's Mayor for the past 6-years.

"The city right now, our unemployment is really low, everybody is building right now, companies are building: Hormel, the hospital, construction is way up," stated Mayor Stiehm.

The only female candidate running for office is Marian Clennon. She's current on the city council and hopes to be the voice of the people.

"If somebody has a problem, I've encouraged them to gather other people and bring their issue to the council and make their voice known," explained Clennon.

Another opponent, Dick Lang has been a long time business owner in Austin. One of Lang's issues is keeping taxes fair.

"We have such tax problems, because of the increase in taxes every year, every year, every year that it has to quite. Austin and Mower County are made up of a lot of retired people on fixed incomes," stated Dick Lang.

Finally, you're never too old to make a difference or run for office at least that's what 90-year old Jerald Kelly told us.  Kelly hopes to keep Austin's history alive and rejuvenate the community.

"The only thing that we can do to get people to come into Austin is a carousel, up on main street. They're up town, having fun, shopping," stated Kelly.

The only candidate we were unable to speak with is Joey Miller, we're told he is in his twenties and works at McDonalds.

Tuesday's vote will decide who will be on November's ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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