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Jeffersonville councilman squares off against Mike Moore in mayoral race

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Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore and Councilman Dennis Julius Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore and Councilman Dennis Julius

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Competitive, and Contentious: It's how many would describe the race for Mayor in Jeffersonville. 

On Wednesday, WDRB broke down the candidates, their positions, and what's at stake in the race. 

For the last four years, the Mayor of Jeffersonville has been at odds with the city council.

"It takes more than cutting a ribbon to prove your leadership," said Councilman Dennis Julius, a Jeffersonville mayoral candidate.

"How convenient for him to say that, seeing as how he's not in the Mayor's seat," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

On Nov. 3, those differences come to a head as the incumbent Republican, Moore, faces Julius, a former Democratic Council President.

"The state of Jeffersonville four years ago was not good," Moore said. "We were losing jobs and seeing families leave. We've turned things around." 

"I think he is taking credit for other people's work," Julius said. "The things happening in Jeffersonville, they've happened over years. Years of planning and teamwork."

Jeffersonville is reaping the benefits of the Ohio River Bridges Project and consistent expansion at River Ridge Commerce Park. Moore says the city has brought in 6,000 jobs, and 2,000 new residents during his first four years in office.

"We've got it pretty good here," Moore said. "Let's continue to work together instead of beating somebody down...so when people go into vote Nov. 3, I want people to ask themselves, are they better off now than they were four years ago?" 

Julius contends projects like Big Four Station, a new marina, and downtown development were already in the works. He's focused on infrastructure, better management of growth in the east end of the city and fixing residents' long-standing complaints. 

"We have people everyday with large amounts of rainfall, that their homes are getting flooded and we don't have a plan for drainage," Julius said. "That's unacceptable to me."

It could be the most hotly contested race in southern Indiana. Both parties spent big on TV ads for a city of fewer than 50,000 residents. The results of the vote won't just secure jobs for the next four years. It will help chart the course for Jeffersonville -- a city reaping the benefit of a business boom. 

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