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Vanderhurst for mayor in Carbondale

Carbondale voters are looking at a three-way race for mayor between incumbent Randy Vanderhurst and challengers Michael Hassig and Erik Mazur.

Mazur is taking a bold step to run for mayor as his first step into local government. Sometimes this works, but Mazur is vying for the seat against two far more seasoned contenders. He would be wise to start his political career on a lower rung of the ladder.

Hassig and Vanderhurst are both analytical thinkers and fair decision-makers, and they are liberal enough to represent their constituency.

Hassig is the longtime chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission and a fiscal conservative who insists that growth should pay its own way. Without a solid incumbent in the race, he would be an outstanding choice for mayor.

Vanderhurst, however, has served the town well over the past seven years and wins this newspaper’s endorsement. Although his patience wore thin during recent zoning hearings, Vanderhurst usually makes sure everyone gets their say. He has also broadened his role as Carbondale’s ambassador to the valley on transportation, housing and ethnic diversity issues. He deserves re-election.

– Heather McGregor, Managing Editor

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