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One final time; Minneapolis candidates for mayor meet in final debate

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The leading candidates in the race to become the next Mayor of Minneapolis gathered one final time to debate before they head to the election on Tuesday.

The forum was organized by Minnesota Public Radio, and brought together the eight leading candidates in the race.

MPR reports the candidates discussed the city's budget, where they believe Minneapolis is wasting money, and where the city should spend more. On many issues the candidates are closely aligned, but they all have slightly different priorities on the budget.

One area though where there are stark contrasts, candidates have differing views on whether the city should develop a street car system in the city.

Minneapolis City Council members Betsy Hodges and Don Samuels are pro-streetcar. Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew and Jackie Cherryhomes are as well. Cherryhomes, though, is not a fan of the city's plan to pay for them.

Other candidates strongly oppose it. Stephanie Woodruff, former Council member Dan Cohen, Park Board Commissioner Bob Fine and attorney Cam Winton are all in the anti-streetcar camp.

KARE 11 reports the candidates sang "Kumbaya" as they gathered for a picture following the debate.

Friday's debate was the final of more than 30 debates leading up to Tuesday's election.

Tuesday's election in Minneapolis will use the new ranked-choice election system. Voters will choose a first, second, and third choice in the mayor's race.

Earlier this week, retiring Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city should increase the fee to file for mayor. He said he thinks that would help to keep the number of candidates who file for office under control.

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