Published: Jan 30, 2012 10:53 PM EST
Updated: Jan 31, 2012 1:12 AM EST

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Incumbent Ben Nelson grew up in Bonita Springs, and before he was mayor, served for years on the city council. His challenger Dave Grothaus says it's time for a change in city politics. 

Grothaus moved to the city full-time about two years ago and has more than 35 years of civil and military service. Both say they're ready to serve Bonita Springs as mayor.

The signs are sprinkled throughout the city of Bonita Springs.

Incumbent Mayor Ben Nelson tells WINK News he wants to focus on the economy and the city's quality of life. "We want to be able to do a really good balance of building an economic diverse business atmosphere around Bonita Springs that provides jobs," he explained. 

We caught up with his challenger Dave Grothaus passing out fliers in a neighborhood. He tells us it's time for a change and he's up to the challenge.

"We need to get back to the spirit of the original charter and that means term limits, governing by ordinance, not resolution, and adhering to our founding documents," he said.  

Voters have different opinions about who should take the mayor's seat.

"I think it's a sham all those people in town who claim that he had no leadership experience, I think he outclasses Nelson about 5 classes in leadership experience," said Grothaus supporter Jude Reichenthal.

"I think a change right now would not be the best thing to do, I think they out to keep the mayor they have now, really," said Nelson supporter John MacPherson.

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