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Spin City: Candidates offer visions of Rutland

Talk show host Tim Philbin of WSYB radio hosted the long-awaited debate among Rutlands mayoral candidates last weekend at the College of St. Joseph. The debate presented a field of six mayoral candidates for Rutland City. Attending the debate were candidates Chris Louras, Mike Coppinger, Dave Trapeni, Butch Paul, Jerry Kreitzer, and Steve Howard. Philbin, who has focused on the mayors race on his daily radio program for more than a month, started the proceedings with a special thank you to Frank Miglorie, president of The College of St Joseph, for use of the facility. Philbin jokingly exclaimed that this debate will be the WWF of the mayoral race. After exchanges offering varying visions of where the City of Rutland should be heading, all candidates claimed they would like to bring manufacturing jobs to the city after years of decline. While they may have had political disagreements, most of the men running for the mayors seat set aside differences and agreed that they would like to see fewer empty storefronts in downtown Rutland, once the second-largest city in Vermont. Each candidate put forth an agenda to attract new residents and businesses willing to call Rutland home. All candidates agreed that the citys red budget needs the most attention; all agreed they will address the budget if elected. Questions from the audience were funneled to the candidates through the debate host. Hot topics such as the citys deficit, budget, support of the death penalty for convicted drug dealers, law enforcement, property taxes, and the overall functions of the City of Rutland were discussed.

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