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Ahead of runoff Jacksonville's mayor candidates speak out

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JACKSONVILLE (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - As the Jacksonville mayoral runoff election approaches, candidates are weighing in on the race.

Incumbent Kenneth Melvin, in his 70s, will face Sadler's Restaurant owner Rob Gowin, 44, on June 11.

Gowin led in this month's mayoral race, and Melvin came in second, but Gowin did not garner 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff. The third candidate in the mayor's race, William Igbokwe, a 23-year-old political science graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, came in third.

Melvin said he has expressed his views, and as far as the runoff race, "You never know what it's going to be."

"You have to wait and see, work with the people and work for the people and campaign real hard, and let the people know what you've done and what you intend to do," he said.
He said he's proud of city accomplishments such as cutting debt and not increasing the tax rate in recent years.

Melvin has said Jacksonville also has good employees, and all department heads have many years of experience. He has said his goal, if re-elected, is to keep the city in good financial condition. He encouraged residents to vote.

Gowin said that his campaign recently took a break "to rest and regroup."

"We are thrilled that we won the popular vote, and that William Igbokwe endorsed our campaign," he wrote. "We look forward to working with his team as we move forward. We will remain focused on a single goal — to make Jacksonville a better, more prosperous community for our diverse group of residents. Our slogan and message will remain the same: ‘Let's Get Gowin.'"

He has said his vision for Jacksonville included issues such as beautification and building community.

This report contains excerpts from Tyler Morning Telegraph archives.

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