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Election 2020 sequence — Charlie Odegaard and Paul Deasy compete for Flagstaff mayor – Arizona Day by day Solar

But that’s not easy on an online conference call or forum, he added.

Odegaard said that in order to make up the difference, he and his campaign have been  calling voters as one way to get the message out. So far, Odegaard said, they have reached about 7,000 residents.

Still, at times, the race has been a contentious one.

Before the August primary election, Deasy and Councilmember Jamie Whlean had taken several shots at one another during a tense debate hosted by KAFF Radio.

And after the primary in which Whelan was eliminated by voters, much of that tension continued. In the absence of in-person campaign events, social media and Facebook comment sections have become one battleground where supporters of both candidates have expressed their ire.

Often, that conflict hasn’t appeared to be strictly between Deasy supporters and Odegaard supporters, but rather between supporters and the current establishment on Council.

Deasy said he thinks much of the frustration is simply a sign of the times. Many voters are unhappy with leaders at every level of government, and that comes on top of anxieties brought by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.

“I mean, there’s so many things that people are: they’re angry, they’re scared, they’re looking for hope, they’re looking for something new, which I’m intending to facilitate,” Deasy said.

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