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Midland Mayor Candidates Discuss Housing Crunch

All five candidates for Midland mayor met on Thursday to discuss the housing crunch.


MIDLAND -- All five candidates for Midland mayor met on Thursday to discuss the housing crunch.

The candidates agree that government shouldn't get in the way of businesses wanting to provide more housing in the area.

Their logic is that if more housing is built, the overall cost of living will eventually go down, because of supply and demand.

Conservative candidate Keith McLelland said the government has no place in this debate at all, but John James offered a solution to get housing up faster.

"The key to affordability is availability.  So the more the city can permit the construction of new apartments, permit the construction of single family units, permit the construction of any kind of living units, the better off we're going to be and the quicker prices will come down," James said.

The vote to elect the next Midland mayor happens on November 5.

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