It was a tale of two halves - those fighting to retain their seat on the Hastings District Council, and their challengers.
In front of a crowd of about 60, at the Hastings & Districts Grey Power run event on Friday, 13 of the 26 candidates in this year's local body election took to the floor.
Current mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst and her opponent, Damon Harvey watched on, having already completed their debate.
The manner in which the candidates delivered their statements were varied, but the fundamental issues were the same.
Each spent four minutes, in what could only be described