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Carbondale candidates turn in nominating petitions

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Local elections are the most impactful in our day-to-day lives, but the least participated in when it comes time to cast your ballot.

"The last municipal election that we had, where Carbondale elected a mayor, there was only 21 percent overall voter turnout," said mayoral candidate Nathan Colombo.

Colombo hopes to bring out more voters this time around as he runs for Carbondale Mayor. He'll be up against the current mayor, Mike Henry, who is vying for re-election. Colombo says he's running in hopes of better communicating public opinion to the city and exploring future-focused industry to bring jobs to Carbondale.

"To have somebody who is young and energetic but also thoughtful of everyone and their circumstances in life is going to be something that is of great value to our city," said Colombo.

Incumbent Mike Henry says he's hoping to be re-elected to continue working with SIU to rebuild enrollment and work to receive funding for a new multi-modal transportation center.

It's not just the Mayor's office up for grabs this spring, there are three council positions up for re-election, with eight people running. Navreet Kang holds one of those council seats and wants to keep it, and would like to see the same council continue to get things done.

"As a council, we have been very effective. We have done more than the previous councils together combined in many years because we have not been fighting with each other," said Kang.

He added that he's voted against three taxes that have been imposed during the councils tenure and if re-elected plans to work on getting the city to pay an incentive to businesses doing extra work to pay taxes.

The election is set for April 2nd.

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