Fayetteville Mayor Speaks On Reelection Campaign

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Three men are trying to use what time is left before Nov. 8 to secure votes to be mayor of Fayetteville.

Incumbent Mayor Lioneld Jordan has led Fayetteville for eight years, first elected in 2008. He's running for a third four-year term in the general election.

"The people love this city and I love this city too," said an enthusiastic Jordan. "I think with my experience, and my love for the city, that I'd serve a third term."

One of Jordan's opponents is Fayetteville businessman Tom Terminella. 5NEWS spoke to him when he threw his hat into the ring on Aug. 18.

Terminella has lauded his nonpolitical background, but Jordan said he's proud of his experience and calls it crucial for the job.

"When you get into situations, you understand how the city works," Jordan said.

When asked to respond to criticism from Terminella about the handing of the anti-discrimination ordinance that passed by a vote last year,  Jordan said he was proud of his stance on inclusivity and had "no regrets."

"I believe in doing the right thing. I don't think it's a left or a right thing," Jordan said. "I think it's doing the absolute right thing for everybody."

When asked why he deserved a third term, Jordan pointed to progress Fayetteville has made on paying off debt and infrastructure improvements.

"Right now the economy looks great, and we want to keep everything moving forward," Jordan said. "We want to keep this city as one of the best in the United States, and I don't think the people switch horses in the middle of the stream."

All three candidates are expected to appear in a forum hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.


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