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Races to Watch for Election Saturday

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The most talked-about race in the Brazos Valley has been between College Station Place 3 incumbent Robert Wareing and local businessman Ron Gay.

Through allegations of political affiliation and a perceived business vs the arts rivalry, the two have traded shots left and right, each summing up their campaigns last week here on KBTX.

"I'd like to bring mature, thoughtful leadership to the council," said Gay. "I would like to stop the fighting, and I would like to begin getting groups of people together to solve solutions to our problems. And I will not spend taxpayer money on projects that do not make economic sense."

"It's been brought up about public art, and the funding for public art," Wareing said. "Part of this (veterans) memorial which means so much to me, was paid for by public art. My grandfathers' names are on this wall, and I would stand with this soldier for College Station."

Also in College Station, the Place 5 seat is up for grabs with four contenders for the position. Debate has centered around the proposed City Center, with opinion split on whether a new referendum should be put to voters. The Eagle endorsed candidate Justin Whitworth, but withdrew its endorsement after Whitworth sent out fliers attacking Ron Gay, who is not Whitworth's opponent.

In Franklin, a $25 million school bond is on the table for voters. If approved, the money would go to renovate the current schools, as well as to construct a second high school to alleviate overcrowded classrooms.

Two mayoral races have drawn attention. In Huntsville, the resignation of mayor Karl Davis has pitted five candidates against each other for the spot.

And in Hearne, current mayor Ruben Gomez has been at the center of scandal, nearly losing his job after misusing a city credit card. Now, the 10-year head of the city is touting Hearne's growth and road repair in his bid to remain in office. Emmett Aguirre and Richard Quinn are vying for that job.