The Buffalo City Council and members of the public in attendance heard from the six candidates for the empty council seat, and each of them spoke of their reasons for wanting the seat and their individual qualifications.
Justin Gerard spoke of his youth and energy and his wish to bring civility to the political landscape.
Mike Johnson pushed his experience as a former mayor and councilman and said he would like to see the city be more fiscally responsible during these hard economic times.
Rachel McCaughey also spoke of her youth and exuberance, and that she was outgoing and knew most people in the community. She said she wants to speak for those people and for the youth as well.
Lewis Pierson, Jr. said he is a fourth-generation Buffalo native who has no political experience, and that was probably good in today's political climate. He wants to be a part of the good changes he says are coming Buffalo's way.
Annalea Redding said she likes Buffalo and wants to get involved in local government. She likes the old and embraces the new and that coming from an agricultural background, she can be pretty conservative.
Finally, former councilman Don Vogl gave his experience as a councilman and firefighter saying the problems with government today center around a lack of communication.
Mayor Randy Dyess spoke after the candidates.
The next step in the process is interviews which will be conducted by the city council next Tuesday from 4 to 6pm at City Hall.
The council is expected to make a selection for the new councilmember at their next meeting December 20.