DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - They're two candidates who each want to take Dayton in a new direction.
"We can't continue to do what we've been doing," says mayoral candidate A.J. Wagner. "We have to change our core values at the city."
Says fellow candidate Nan Whaley, "Some people talk change, some people make change happen. If you look at my record at the city commission I think I've made change happen."
Whaley thinks a better future is in the cards for Dayton. As a bridge player she should know.
"I think you have to have that patience and diligence but once you get it, it's a pretty good game," Whaley says.
Whaley says she's brought that same diligence to her role as a Dayton City Commissioner., learning the ins and outs of the city.
"I know what needs to change and I know what needs to continue its course," Whaley says.
Whaley says the most important thing if she's elected will be creating more jobs.
"I think we'll see some population growth but I think it's the quality of life that we'll see improve and that's really what we're looking for," Whaley says. "We want people who live in the city to have a good paying job and be able to raise their kids."
A.J. Wagner has a story to tell.
"I've always liked to write," Wagner says.
Wagner is a former judge and Montgomery County auditor who has also written children's books.
Now Wagner would like to rewrite Dayton's future.
"I don't think we can look backwards to see what can it be and it's going to be difficult to come back from where we've been because we had the factories back then and NCR that we're not going to have no matter who's the mayor next," Wagner says. "We have to look at it as if we start from scratch where are we going to go and how are we going to do this?"
Wagner say the key is being more aggressive in trying to bring business to the city.
"We're going to have to market in a new way and a competitive way," Wagner says.
Whaley won the primary in May with just more than 50 percent of the vote, but Wagner feels he'll pick up the people who voted for Mayor Gary Leitzell who finished third.
With more voters expected Tuesday, both campaigns are canvassing the city in the final days before the election.
To hear the extended interviews with both candidates check out the video section of this story.
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