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Victoria mayor's race draws another candidate

By DAVID TEWES
March 16, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2010 at 10:16 p.m.

Chelle Nickerson

The first day for early voting in person in the city election is April 26 at the county elections office at 111 N. Glass St.

Early voting in person ends May 4. The regular election days is May 8, when polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A third person has joined the May race for mayor of Victoria.

Chelle Nickerson, 23, has filed as a write-in candidate.

The other candidates are incumbent Will Armstrong and Robin Holy.

"I just think if you want to make a change and you want to make things happen, then you have to get in there and do something yourself," Nickerson.

She filed on Monday, which was the last day for write-ins for the city election.

City Secretary Scarlet Swoboda said that means Nickerson's name will not be listed on the ballot with Armstrong and Holy. But there will be a line on the ballot in that citywide race where supporters can write in her name.

George Matthews, the county elections administrator, said her name will also be displayed in the voting booths so those casting ballots will know she is a candidate and how to spell her name.

Nickerson, a shift supervisor for Starbucks Coffee Co. in Victoria, said one of her top interests as mayor would be the downtown area.

"It's a beautiful area and the fact is that it has so much potential," she said. "So many wonderful things can be done with it."

Nickerson said she believes the money and initiative are available, now someone needs to get things started.

"I think that would be a great asset, especially with a four-year university coming and the students coming," she said. "Yeah, the college is going to bring them to town, but we need to find a way to keep them here after that."

Revitalizing downtown Victoria will bring business and create jobs that would help keep students in Victoria, she said.

Nickerson said she believes her youth would help bring a fresh perspective to the city council.

"I don't have the experience of age, but I think I have the influence of it," she said. "So I feel like I have a fresher approach and I guess I'm less biased in that sense."

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