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Three New Albany Mayoral candidates state their case

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- It's a three-legged race for leadership in New Albany. Here's a look at the mayoral candidates and where they stand on the issues. 

Roger Baylor is not your typical politician. His campaign signs aren't red, white and blue they're orange-- the same color as the skull campaign sticker he wore to an interview with WDRB. 

In fact, the owner of the New Albanian Brewhouse calls himself a futurist -- an Independent promising to break the status quo as Mayor. 

When asked about his vision for the city, Baylor replied: "transparency, infrastructure and empowerment."

If elected Mayor, Baylor promises to "devote our economic development efforts to what we already have here rather than the usual 'attract and retain' business model which is to throw money at somebody from somewhere else and hope they leave their town."

Kevin Zurschmiede is on the Republican side of the ballot. Zurschmiede owns Lone Star Reality and serves on the New Albany City Council. He says he wants to make the city a better place to call home.

"Public safety and code enforcement are two of my high priorities," Zurschmiede said. "We're the only city in the 2010 Census who lost population in this area. I've lost friends and relatives moving to Jeffersonville, and Floyd Knobs. I want to create a city that's a safe, friendly, and a clean environment that people want to move to, not move from."

The incumbent, Democratic Mayor Jeff Gahan, says he is running on his record. This year the city opened a new $9 million water park and turned an old industrial site into a new sports complex. Gahan said. "We focused on parks and recreation because it was the most needed at the time. We've also balanced the budget -- the budget hasn't been balanced in over 10 years. And we've also paid off a lot of debt. So we've done a whole lot of things in a short period of time that I think the community can be proud of. "

One of the biggest challenges facing New Albany's next mayor is jobs. Pillsbury is pulling out in 2016, putting 400 people out of work. 

Meanwhile, Jeffersonville has been put in a strong position with the new Ohio River Bridges. Job growth is up and the population is increasing. 

So the question for New Albany voters on Nov. 3 is which one of the three candidates for Mayor has the best plan for New Albany to compete. 

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