The two Democratic candidates for Rochester mayor participated in their final debate before the Sept. 10 primary.
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and City Council President Lovely Warren squared off in the "Voice of the Voter" debate on WXXI.
For the most part, the candidates agreed that something needs to be done to fight crime, and improve schools, but each have different views on how to best accomplish both.
The candidates took questions from members of the community as well as a panel of journalists.
Going into next week's election, Richards and Warren are confident they were able to get across their message.
"I believe it is imperative that we bridge this gap between two worlds. As president of City Council and as a community resident, I see what's happening in these two Rochesters every day and I want to be a mayor that can represent all the citizens of Rochester, that feels just as comfortable in City Hall as I feel in the streets of Rochester," Warren said.
"We're beginning to repeat ourselves as the process goes on. There's a distinction here, and I think the distinction has a little bit to do with the way I intend to approach dealing with these problems and what I hear from her is a litany of problems," said Richards.
The winner of the primary will face Green Party candidate Alex White.
Be sure to check out the second of our YNN Voice of the Voter Siena Research Poll Saturday at 10 p.m., and remember, the primary is Sept. 10. Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m.