A fight over Fayetteville.
"Economic development, proper money management, creating jobs and not raising taxes," says Lioneld Jordan.
"I think we need to get Fayetteville back to a more forward thinking mode and just do a lot more progressive work in town," says Dan Coody.
Former Mayor Dan Coody and current Mayor Lioneld Jordan are duking it out for the 2013 position.
"I've been active here a long time and some of the best things about Fayetteville I'm proud to have been a part of," says Coody.
Coody was elected as mayor in 2001, served until 2008, that's when Lioneld Jordan took over.
"When I came into office, expenses were much higher than our revenue stream. What I had to do was go in and cut the expense account and bring it in line with the revenue," says Jordan.
A balanced budget one of the cornerstones of Jordan's campaign.
"We managed to cut 3.5 million dollars out of the expenses and we have been able to put back in reserves another 3 million dollars, which gives us a little bit of cushion, which we did not have when I took office," says Jordan.
But Coody thinks that cushion, is holding Fayetteville back.
"We need to be spending this money and giving it back out to the citizens in the form of street paving, sidewalks, fire and police protection, instead of us pulling it out of the economy and stuffing it in the bank and letting the government shrink to the point we're not providing the services we're paying for," says Coody.
Services he says he provided as mayor.
"When I was in office we did so many good things for the town, the senior center, the library, the trails program, the sustainability movement, rebuilt the square, college avenue all kinds of things," says Coody.
At the helm of the Coody campaign, innovation and a direct need for planning.
"If we have an administration that thinks ideas are risky or they cost too much, we're going to be
'Anytown USA' in no time," says Coody.
"It's great to have a vision, but I have what I call a common sense vision. I have so much coming in and so much going out and I stay within the confines of what we have in the revenue stream."
Despite different leadership approaches, both candidates have a devotion to Fayetteville.
"I like to get things done. I don't like sitting around waiting for time to pass, waiting for things to get better sometime in the future. There no time like now, no time like the present," says Coody.
"I love this city, I love the people, and I have a heart to serve," says Jordan.
Now it's up to the city of Fayetteville to choose between two experienced and qualified candidates.