The candidates for Anchorage Assembly debated during the Make it Monday forum at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center Monday.
Six Assembly members are up for re-election. The first half of that group was at Monday's forum, while the second half will get a chance later in the month.
Bill Starr, who represents Eagle River, was delayed in Juneau and could not attend.
West Anchorage Assembly member Harriet Drummond told the audience public safety is one of her biggest priorities, along with public transportation.
"I've also supported retaining bus services as well as possible through the current budget in order to help people get to work," Drummond told the crowd.
Liz Vazquez, who's also running in West Anchorage, believes spending has grown too fast and said she will not be supporting a $37 million bond to upgrade Service High School.
"Since 1996 we've had an explosive school district budget it has increased double in size the past 10 years while enrollment has gone down," Vazquez said.
Municipal elections are April 5.
Six Assembly incumbents up for election this year: Harriet Drummond, Bill Starr, Mike Gutierrez, Elvi Gray-Jackson, Chris Birch and Patrick Flynn.