"It really helped me decide who I wanted to vote for," said Meridian Resident Alexis Lee.
All eyes were on the five Meridian mayoral candidates live on air for the first time, weighing out the issues.
"We got five hundred miles of sewer that have not been replaced in close to 75-85 years," said Meridian Mayoral Republican Candidate Cheri Barry.
"We're going to hold your next mayor accountable," said Meridian Mayoral Democratic Candidate Casandra Sloan.
"We don't need to keep playing with the people with information, everyone needs to know what's going on in the streets and in our schools," said Meridian Mayoral Candidate Percy Bland.
"You got to survey your debt because we have plenty of that," said Meridian Mayoral Democratic Candidate Joe Norwood.
"I would really like to see a real nice restaurant or either a casino," said Meridian Mayoral Democratic Candidate Bill Compton.
"On some issues 'yes' and on some issues 'no', they didn't get a chance to elaborate as much as I wanted to know but it did help a lot," said Meridian Resident Alexis Lee.
With limited time, candidates tried to get in as much as they could. Panelists asked tough questions submitted by residents on various topics including how each candidate would unite the city and county leaders and squash the bickering. While it was a colorful forum some residents say they would have love to see a lively, toe to toe debate.
"They needed more time to explain themselves and they were talking over each other, cutting each other off a lot," said Lee.
Each candidate made it their business to highlight their strong points. Some say this forum didn't change their opinion of whom they would vote for, while others said it did. But what's certain is on May 5th, one of these candidates will be Meridian's next mayor.
"This is maybe one of the most important decisions the citizens of Meridian will make in a long time," said McClure.
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