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Talk with the two men running to become mayor of Buena Vista and you’ll probably not notice their differences as much their similar passion for the town they call home.

On the surface, the two men, Duff Lacy and Jed Selby, might seem to represent two factions: those who have lived in Buena Vista for generations, and those who are called newcomers; those who may want things to stay exactly as they have been, and those who want to change things up; those who want to move fast, and those who may wish to slow things down.

But the reality is more complicated.

Each candidate voices similar themes of community and unity, the need for urgency regarding workforce housing, more living-wage job opportunities and preservation of Buena Vista’s quality of life. Both support a community planning process that involves residents in honest and transparent conversation — talking with each other, not at each other. Both say the willingness of residents to communicate about issues would lead to a more collaborative community.

See the profiles of each candidate in today’s Ark Valley Voice.

In addition to the two mayoral candidates, 11 people are vying for four of six trustee seats up for election. Election day in Buena Vista is April 3 and ballots are due at the Buena Vista Town Hall by 7 p.m. that evening. Voters can register to vote up to and including the date of the election and can vote in person at Town Hall.