In less than a month, Merced's City Council will be transformed. Three new council members, plus a new mayor, will take their places on the dais come December. The candidates are hammering on the typical campaign promises -- jobs, public safety and quality-of-life. The five candidates vying for the three open council seats have shown they differ only by degrees.
Will this election bring new faces and ideas to the council? Or will the new blood bring nothing but the same old ideas when it comes to governing Merced's largest city?
"Off the 99" brought the candidates into the studio to get past the election bluster and learn how they would accomplish their goals. What do they have to offer? What are their views on growth? And what kind of new ideas will they bring to the council? And how might they bring jobs to Merced?