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Candidates preparing for mayoral primary

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

There's less than a month to go for candidates running for Toledo Mayor to make an impression with voters.

Early voting started last week, and at last check, 116 voters have showed up to the early vote center, and 996 have been sent a ballot by mail.

In the 2009 primary, 37,009 voters turned out. With the potential for turnout to be somewhere around 15 percent, candidates know every voter they win over will go a long way toward making the top two and moving onto the November election.

Alan Cox finished third in the 1997 primary, and he's targeting likely independent voters in his quest to finish top two this time around.

"We've got the list of non-partisan voters. We're trying to get out and talk to them, make sure they're aware I'm one of the candidates," he said. "If people are upset, this is the one opportunity they're going to have."

Democrat Joe McNamara is hoping door-to-door campaigning will get him one step closer to becoming Toledo's next mayor.

"I am personally knocking on as many doors as I can to have those individual conversations with voters, to talk to them about my plan to create jobs and hire more police," he said. "I think voters want to see a change. I think Mayor Mike Bell will probably clear the primary."

‘Bell for Mayor' campaign organizer BJ Fischer says there's no way they're taking a top two finish for granted.

"A primary where there's low turnout, typically those elections can be very volatile," said Fischer. "Each individual vote in a low-turnout election is really important. So the mayor's out doing his events, we're phone-banking. We have people going door to door. We're working very hard to earn that position in the primary."

There are 198,091 registered voters in Toledo. The primary is scheduled for September 10.

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