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First Ward conduct candidate forum and discuss light-rail project

According to the Star Tribune, the two candidates for St. Paul's First Ward met Thursday to discuss several issues, including new plans for the light-rail, a billion dollar project.

Debbie Montgomery, the incumbent, and Melvin Carter III spoke about the changes that would occur if they took the city council seat.

Both Montgomery and Carter have connection to the ethnically and economically diverse community that is about to gain some major construction as the Central Corridor light-rail project begins to unfold.

At the meeting, both parties said that residents and businesses of the First Ward need to start planning and preparing for the project starting now.

According to the Pioneer Press, the light-rail to be constructed is going to run along University Avenue.

Montgomery vowed to the 100 people at the meeting that she has the experience to do the job and discussed her plans.

"There's a whole lot of negotiation that has to go on in this city to get things done," she said.

Carter told the forum he didn't think Montgomery or the city have done enough to minimize the effect of the employment and economic loss once the construction begins, but he said it would be his top priority if he were to be elected.