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Mayoral candidate: Voter turnout is key

By By Ben Alexander/The Meridian Star
June 4, 2001
Independent mayoral candidate Charlie Haynes is hoping for a huge turnout Tuesday at the polls, but admits he is fearful that a small turnout could dash his chances for an upset victory.
Haynes, a political newcomer, said today he needs to turn apathetic voters into real votes if he is to have a chance at unseating two-term incumbent Mayor John Robert Smith.
At a press conference today at Dumont Plaza, Haynes expressed those fears and encouraged every registered voter to turn out and make a change.
Smith, a Republican, is the clear winner in campaign fund-raising. He has raised almost $48,000 to $240 for Haynes.
Haynes said no matter who is elected the next mayor that person needs to be swept into office by a strong majority to unite the community.
The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Refer to the right side of your voter registration card; the correct ward and voting location will be written in blue.
Ben Alexander is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3226, or e-mail him at balexander@themeridianstar.com.