NORMAL (WEEK) -- A familiar battle for the mayoral race in the town of Normal, primed to be a close call.
The 18-year incumbent, Chris Koos, challenged by rival, Marc Tiritilli. Just 11 votes separated the two in the last mayoral election.
"I'd say it's more intense this this time," said Koos.
"This is a tough race. There's a lot of support on both sides," Tiritilli said.
College instructor, Tiritilli, said he was focused on the town's debt, infrastructure, and pension funds for his campaign.
"We've had a council that has been very uniform for a long, long time, and that is excluded people have a different view. It's not right to take that all the other way and say now it's our turn, what we need is a balance," said Tiritilli.
Meanwhile, small business owner, Koos, said he was focused on building off success he already brought to the town. Which he said included, Rivian Automotive.
"I believe what my opponent wants to do, will will set the community back. And so I'm pretty committed to keep going on on the course we're on," said Koos.
Both said they were ready to lead the town by using stimulus money to repair what was hurt by the pandemic.
"A portion of it needs to help businesses, we need to help shore up our pension funds in reverse the downward trend," Tiritilli continued, "We need to use some of that money to pay off our debt. And we also need to use more of it to repair our infrastructure."
"We'll be able to help businesses, and for the first time, we'll be able to help some not for profits. And growing the overall economy. I mean, we've got a real jumpstart with Rivian coming into the community. Let's build on that," said Koos.
The candidates said one of the most important skills of a mayor was to listen to members of the community. And both said they were committed to doing that.
Come election day on April 6th, the town will find out who will be its leader for the next four years.