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Quincy Mayoral Candidates meet Tuesday in Candidates Forum


Three weeks from Tuesday, Quincy will know who it's next mayor will be. And before voters get their say, the two candidates are sharing their plans and taking questions.

Sitting side by side on the auditorium stage, incumbent mayor John Spring and alderman Kyle Moore responded to questions from voters about their vision for Quincy. The audience played a large role in picking the topics. The forum covered a lot of ground, but often returned to a topic many voters said is the most important - jobs.

"This is a critical time when we should be putting more time into economic development, we should be working with our economic development leaders to make sure first and foremost that we can retain jobs in this community, second that we can grow jobs in this community," said Spring.

"Last week I proposed a Jobs for Quincy plan, which first re-engages our current businesses to find out how we can better serve their needs, second to add incentives to our businesses to be partners in our economic development," said Moore.

Candidates also spent time talking about the hydropower issue, which has generated a lot of talk this election season.

"That project - and continuing on with that project - is not moving Quincy forward," said Moore.

"We were trying to provide something to our community that was good for the future - at the end of the day, FERC just didn't like it," said Spring.

Organizers say the goal of the forum is help voters learn more about the candidates before they cast their ballot.

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