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Cedar Falls runoff election one day out

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Tuesday, December 1, marks the day of the Cedar Falls mayoral runoff election.

The two candidates in the race are Jim Brown and incumbent Mayor Jon Crews.

Mayor Crews is technically no longer in the race, he dropped out shortly after the runoff was announced.

However Crews is still on the ballot, and voters can still vote for him.

The other candidate, Jim Brown, has never run for mayor before.

"It was a bit of a surprise that Jon retired," said Brown. "But I needed to get the vote out and keep my message consistent."

There's also a third candidate, a write-in, who has been making a push for voters this past month.

Dave Halterman was on the ballot in the initial election, but didn't make the run-off.

When he learned Crews was dropping out, he says he decided to launch a write-in campaign.

"The field shrank, and that's good for me," said Halterman.

Halterman says he's upped his advertising game in the last month too, dropping mailers in every home in Cedar Falls.

"You know that's the strategy," said Halterman. "I've borrowed a couple of things from Jim too, I have some trucks running around."

"You know imitation is the highest form of flattery," said Brown.

Both men say this is what it comes down to -- getting their names out to voters.

Halterman and Brown only had four weeks to campaign this time around, and that presented a new challenge.

"It's a lot different, before I knocked on over 5000 doors, and we did literature drops on many others, and we had good weather, sunshine, and people around," said Brown.

Despite the change in conditions, Brown says he's remaining positive.

And so is Halterman, he says he wants people to have a choice in the election.

"I'm about letting the people speak, that's the key -- not an anointed mayor with a transition, I'm about letting the voters choose, that's what I'm all about," he said.

More information on Brown can be found here.

More information on Halterman can be found here.

As for voters, the precincts are the same. 

Voters should attend the same polling place as they did in November.

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