By Pilar Pedraza
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
3:42 PM CDT, August 6, 2012
Monday is the last day candidates have to convince you that they’re the right choice for the position. Polls open on Tuesday and candidates aren't wasting a single minute of the time they have left.
Each has something similar to say.
“Just trying to get my name out there,” said Jeff Easter, Republican candidate for Sedgwick County Sheriff.
“Trying to spread the message,” added his opponent, incumbent Sheriff Bob Hinshaw, Republican.
“Just shaking a few more hands,” said Marc Bennett, Republican candidate for Sedgwick County District Attorney.
“We're trying to get the message out,” added his opponent Kevin O’Conner, Republican.
The refrain is the same no matter which candidate you speak to, the need to gain name recognition and convince voters they're the right person for the job. Especially in close races like the one for Sedgwick County Sheriff.
“The polls have been back and forth and at this point it's virtually even,” said Hinshaw. “So I think a lot of it is going to be, is getting the vote out.”
“We'll be doing some more sign waves and hitting some more neighborhoods with flyers to get my name out there,” added Easter, “and let people know who I am.”
Challenger Jeff Easter spent Sunday afternoon waving signs on street corners. Meanwhile, his opponent, current Sheriff Bob Hinshaw, dropped in at KNSS to answer audience questions on Gene Countryman's show.
Candidates in the hard fought race for Sedgwick County District Attorney weren't to be left behind.
“We'll continue to make telephone calls, we'll continue to get our message out,” said O’Conner. “We'll continue to hand out literature and just work as hard as we can up until the very end.”
“As the minutes get closer we've been, had people walking the neighborhoods,” said Bennett. “I've been very happy with things. We set a plan of attack early on and stuck to it.”
But although many spoke about how relaxed and unconcerned they are, candidates are starting to feel the pressure. Especially in an election that is expected to have very low voter turnout. In fact, experts have told KWCH some races could be decided by ten votes or less.
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