Montgomery mayoral race fast approaches

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- The clock is ticking.

Candidates are taking every opportunity to make their voices heard.

Monday night, five out of six contenders attended a forum at Westminster Presbyterian Church, held by the Huntingdon Heights Neighborhood Association.

"It helps us, who do not have the resources that other candidates have, be on an equal platform to share where nobody gets the upper advantage," said candidate Jon Dow.

Voters say the only disadvantage is a rushed, month and a half long campaign season--leaving little time for introduction, let alone support.

"All we're voting on is the Mayor, and many people may just say, 'Well, let someone else make the choice,'" said voter Cindy Hoffmaster.

"Some of the voters just haven't had the time or the initiative to see what each candidate stands for," explained candidate Jay King.

Still, with issues like education, extending police presence, and spurring economic development on the next mayor's plate, residents say any opportunity to hear politicians speak their minds is a good one.

"We are a short attention-spanned nation, and I'm sorry that's true, but it is. {This forum] grabs us, it picks us up, and really hits on the issues hard," said voter David Jones.

"Face-to-face is crucial, but face-to-face is more crucial if you're not on every sign and on every street corner," said candidate Michael Briddell.

As residents try to absorb as much information as possible, candidates prepare for a final strenuous week of campaigning.

"What we'll do is make sure that we continue to get our message out and reach as many people as possible," said candidate Willie Cook.

"The challenge will be--number one--to get the vote out and--number two--get the vote out, 50% plus 1 for you," admitted candidate Todd Strange.

Candidate Scott Simmons did not attend Monday's event.

If no candidate can clinch the majority of the vote on March 10th, the runoff election will take place on April 21st.