MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Incumbent Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron faces two primary challengers in the August 6 primary.
The candidates, in order of their appearance on the ballot, include:
Zawdie Abiade, 60, is a pastor and family counselor. He has lived in Muskegon since 2009.
"We are a people of the water. The water is the thing that distinguishes us. We need to develop downtown, but most cities need to develop downtown. Most cities do not have the waterfront we have. And I think as we develop, the repercussions of that will be downtown and other places within the city. The priority, I believe, is the waterfront," Abiade told 24 Hour News 8.
Current mayor Stephen Gawron has lived most of his life in Muskegon. The 56-year-old works for the Michigan Department of Corrections.
"The city of Muskegon needs to continue to keep it's financial household in order. We've done an excellent job. We're recognized as one of the most financially sound and best managed cities in the State of Michigan," Gawron said. We also, as many cities, need to continue to address the crime rate and one of the best ways to do that is to continue to build our resources so that we can continue our policing programs as well as our outreach programs, which we are currently servicing Muskegon youth in 15 different programs that we sponsor."
The third candidate is Jeannette Moore, 48. She is a quality inspector at Dake Corporation and has lived in Muskegon her entire life.
"I think I could bring community together. Try to get them to know their police and bring some jobs in and open up communities, health centers and little areas where people don't have a division between each other," she said.
The two candidates who get the most votes will face each other in the November general election.
==Watch: Interviews with each of the candidates in the other that they will appear on the ballot.==
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