PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The mayor’s race in Philadelphia has taken a back seat to some of the suburban clashes. But the candidates are taking nothing for granted.

Michael Nutter wants a second term. He has a six to one registration advantage but he says he always runs like its close and he is looking at his future view of Philadelphia.

“I’m going to stay focused on the issues that I talked about four years ago. We must be a safer city, we must be a smarter city, a more sustainable city with jobs and economic opportunity for everyone and a city that’s run with integrity, transparency and openness. I’m committed to that, I’m focused on that. I love public service, I love this job and I love this city.”

Karen Brown is confident the election will be close, always a tough forecast for a Republican, but she says that she will represent the people better.

“I speak for the middle class. The middle class under this administration has had no voice. And the working class has become the working poor so I speak for them. I speak for the kids and the seniors who also have lost their voice in this administration”.

Democrat Mayor Nutter, GOP candidate Karen Brown and independent candidate Wali Rahman will face off at the polls on Tuesday.

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Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio

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