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LAKE STATION | Candidates seeking the 3rd District City Council seat in Lake Station believe the city's budgetary issues are a top priority.

Democrat Fred Williams is facing Republican John Zukoski in the general election.

Williams said he would be responsible with the city's funding, and he would work to reduce Lake Station's debt.

“We're in pretty deep,” Williams said.

He said he wants to make financial improvements without having to lay off city employees.

Williams said he pursued the City Council seat because he wants to make a difference in the community.

“I just want to do the right thing for the city,” Williams said.

He said he would bring integrity back to Lake Station.

Williams said he wants to make the city “a nice place again” and “straighten up what's been done” in the community.

Zukoski said Lake Station's budget needs to be balanced, and he knows there are some tough decisions ahead for city officials.

Zukoski said one way of improving the city's finances would be encouraging economic development in the city. Doing that would increase revenue, he said.

Zukoski said public safety also is a priority for him, and he wants to make sure Lake Station's police and firefighters are properly equipped to protect residents.

He said accountability is another issue that needs to be addressed in Lake Station.

Zukoski said if he's elected, he would push for all public officials and city workers to receive ethics training.

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