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Two Sherman Council Members Face Off For Mayor

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SHERMAN, TX -- Two council members are going head-to-head in the race for mayor, and there are less than two weeks left until Election Day.

Almost 4,000 early voters have cast their ballots just at the Grayson County Courthouse voting location already this week, but for most voters, there is still time to convince them. Unlike the contentious presidential race, there are lots of things the two candidates for mayor agree on.

Both candidates say they want to make sure their city is good for business. "If you have a strong economic base, then you're allowed to do things like parks and infrastructure, quality of life projects, but it all hinges off our ability to be an economic driver," says deputy mayor Willie Steele.

"It's creating an environment where businesses can come invest and be successful, and that's small businesses as well as larger industry, that bring good paying jobs," says council member Cary Wacker.

Steele, 46, owns his own landscaping and outdoor patio business called Sitescape, and has been a council member for five years. Wacker, 54, is an Austin College development executive who previously worked for the city doing the Main Street project and recycling, and has been a council member for more than seven years.

"Downtown is really a reflection of our community, and if we have pride in downtown and it looks prosperous, I think people have pride in their city," says Wacker.

"With revitalizing neighborhood parks, then maybe some citizens around the neighborhood around the park would then take pride in that and then begin to do some things to their own property," says Steele.

When asked why voters should choose them, Steele emphasized his business experience, while Wacker talked about her previous work on community projects.

"I'm a business owner, I've had a business here in town for 15 years and the city is a business, it's a very big business," says Steele.

"What I bring to this race is many years of experience and some great projects, community projects that have already happened like Kidd-Key auditorium and Hot Summer Nights," says Wacker.

Mayor Bill Magers is leaving because of term limits and is not making an endorsement. There is also a race in Sherman council Place 1 between Ryan Johnson and Steve Jonse.