Two months before the General Election, Monroe City Council candidates for District 4 are showcasing their differences.
Three out of the 4 men vying to for the seat met in South Monroe for a forum Thursday night.
Interim City Council Member Glenda Smith Starr, who replaced Red Stevens after his bribery indictment, isn't running, so the seat is fair game.
Each candidate was given eight minutes to sell themselves to the crowd.
"This week, we have had very little trash pickup," says candidate Charles Wayne Hackney.
Hackney, a retired salesman, says for the last three years, he's dedicated his time to improving the district.
He says the area needs cleaner lots, more police protection and a rental association.
Meanwhile, Carday Marshall, a former business owner, counters that he'll support small businesses.
And he says he has a plan to increase pay for police officers without raising taxes.
"I plan to implement sub-stations in high crime areas and emergency phone booths that can help reduce crime," Marshall says.
And here's what Freddie "Bear" McHenry, athletic director at Richwood High had to say:
"Number one, the drainage. We all know that but Districts 3 and 4, we've got to work on one accord."
He stresses the need for after-school programs and district beautification---starting with a sweep of vacant houses.
Three-time candidate Kenneth Wilson didn't attend because of the death of his mother in law, but his godsister spoke on his behalf.
"I remember Mr. Wilson when he would get out and help people--this is a caring person," says Rowenda Cherry Sledge.
Then it was the audience's turn to ask questions.
"Are you going to change when you get the job," questioned a woman from the audience.
All of the candidates said they wouldn't.'
But it's up to the voters to decide who they trust as a leader.
Decision day is November 6th.