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ELECTION 2020: McLaughlin, Vialpando face off in Vale mayor’s race

Two local men - incumbent Mike McLaughlin and challenger Tom Vialpando - want voters to chose them Nov. 3 to sit in the mayor's chair at city hall. (Enterprise/File)

VALE – The two men running for Vale’s top political slot represent two sides of the same coin.

Tom Vialpando is relatively new to town, has never run for political office and wants to promote tourism and attract new business.

Incumbent Mike McLaughlin is a veteran – he was first elected to the mayor slot in 2009 – and wants to focus his next term on promoting existing businesses.

Vale mayor Mike McLaughlin. (The Enterprise/File).

The mayor’s primary job is to preside over city council meetings and work with the city manager to implement and develop policies. The position is unpaid.

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