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Election preview: Mayoral candidates rallying support

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Tyler (KYTX) -- Election day is only days away-- with voters deciding who will be the City of Tyler's new mayor-- and who will take the open council seat.

There are two candidates in Tyler's mayoral race. One is new to the world of politics, but Joel Rando thinks that's a good thing.

"People want a change, people are tired of seeing a city government that has no feelings," Rando said.
Current Mayor Barbara Bass has hit her term limit of 6 years in office. Rando, the owner of locksmith company All Hours and Lock, decided to seize the opportunity.

"Actually the Lord asked me to run and I was just being obedient and said yes. It's been a rough ride, just every little thing that can happen in politics, has happened," Rando said.

If elected, Rando wants to work on congestion problems and keeping employees on the city payroll.

"They keep cutting employees. They call it being lean, I call it being mean," Rando said.

His opponent, Martin Heines, also wants to improve how drivers get around. "Traffic enhancements and streets are something we can always look at," Heines said.

The owner of Heines Property Management has held the District 4 council seat the last 4 years.

"I think it's important for someone who has city council experience to step up and run for Mayor," Heines said.
Heines says he understands the need to continue solid financial management. He's worked to get that message out with a dozen meet-and-greets in Tyler.

 "It's been great, it's broad support all over this community," Heines said.
His running for Mayor has left his spot on the council vacant. It will be filled by Eleno Licea or Don Warren.

District 2's Darryl Bowdre is running unopposed as is District 6's John Nix. 
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