QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- This campaign features one candidate running on an eight year record, the other with ideas on where to lead the city. And at times, those views are at opposite ends.
Alderman Kyle Moore says, "He (Spring) has not one single idea of what he's going to do over the next four years."
Mayor John Spring responds, "I think the people out there know I have a plan, and I've been working the plan since day one."
While jobs are a major issue with both candidates, Spring says he's the one with the proven track record of job creation and retention.
Spring says, "When we sit down with business owners that currently own operations here, whether they be manufacturing or industry, or commercial, we want to make sure we retain those jobs first and foremost then we want to go out and attract new business and industry to our community."
Moore says, "Make sure we have an educated workforce and we're working with our school system, make sure our children and our adult workforce are being educated so that way they can go into the industries that do pay the bills, that make sure they do have a career in Quincy that challenges their mind and fulfills their soul and that's what we need to work on."
Both candidates have very different viewpoints on the failed hydropower project that cost the city millions of dollars, but Mayor Spring says he has no regrets about pursuing the project.
Spring says, "I think all in all, if you're a mayor you always want to be progressive. You want to look for ways to improve your community."
Moore says, "This administration put 100% of the risk on the taxpayers and that's not acceptable."
The two candidates also disagreed on why there's been no movement on an intermodal transportation hub...that disagreement comes over a perceived lack of communication.
Moore says, "I think it was a lost opportunity and a failure to engage the community. If I get elected as mayor is to have town halls twice a year community wide. On projects like that, get community input. What I heard from my constituents is that they didn't feel like they were apart of that project."
Spring says, "This idea that we were having some kind of secret meeting is preposterous."
The debate will rebroadcast at 6:30 Saturday morning on WGEM and again at 10:30 Sunday morning on WGEM-FOX.
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