BASTROP, La -- - In a marathon of a race, the candidates for the new mayor of Bastrop are sprinting to the finish line.
The question is which one will runoff with the confidence of the people?
Will it be Betty Alford-Olive or Henry Cotton?
Chastity Kennedy, community organizer and school board member, helped organize a town hall forum for the candidates to make their last case to the people.
"I think tonight probably did it for those people that were hesitant and didn't know which way they were gonna vote i think this forum helped make them make a decision," Kennedy said.
Both candidates with different strengths and different philosophies on how to attack the cities problems.
Olive makes her case first.
"Experience I'm ready to go to work on day one, I'm familiar with the Bastrop city charter," she said.
"I know what the job entails," i know what the responsibility of the job is."
Cotton's aims to restore the city through education.
"The number one problem we have is almost 30 out of every 100 students in the bastrop system dropout between the 9th grade and the 12th grade," he said.
"i know how to fix that."
Tanya Hawkins, a lifelong resident of Bastrop, is hoping the person chosen in this election can turn the city around.
"Let's build up the people here get them work ready so we can have some people that are really proud to call Morehouse Parish home again," she said.