Sanders, Lewis to face off Nov. 5

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 03:49 PM.

"I think that he and I are on clear terms that I am not running some sort of witch hunt campaign," Lewis said.

Lewis said it would be business as usual at city meetings.

"I did make it clear to Jimmy when we spoke that I still understood I had a job to do as a commissioner from now until December and that no matter what happens in the mayoral race that I was still intent on doing my job for the next six months," he said. "I’m not going to be running against him and belittling him from the dais every time we have a meeting.

"I think Jimmy and I have proven over the last eight years that he and I can disagree on a lot of things and still be very civil about it, and I’m hoping that there will be no difference as we go through this process of running for mayor."

Sanders said he intends to handle the challenge like any other he’s faced.

"I suppose it will be like any other election. I don’t see any difference," Sanders said. "I’m going to run the only way that I know how to run and I’m going to tell the truth as I know it and I will promise to do the best that I can do, and what Will does is up to Will. I don’t see it having any impact on what I do."

When asked before the election filing period if he would seek a third term as commissioner, Lewis said he was undecided. Less than two weeks later, he filed to run for mayor.

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