Sumter, SC (WLTX) - In the City of Sumter the race for mayor is heating up.
Three candidates have been campaigning for the position and on Tuesday they met at Sumter High School for a formal debate.
Nicole Berard was one of the over 75 people who watched William 'Dutch' Holland, Charlie Jones and incumbent mayor Joe McElveen on stage.
She said she hasn't quite narrowed down who she'll be voting for.
"I came to this debate because I really didn't much about either of the three candidates running," Berard said.
A retired military officer Holland said he'll bring his Air Force experience to the table.
"We have to have a strategic plan to follow up on those things to make sure we move our city and our community forward," he said.
Jones said he will champion the minority communities.
"My vision is to see black communities come up to the same level as the white community," he said.
And McElveen pointed to his current record as mayor.
"The greatest honor of my life is being able to serve my home town for the last 16 years and I believe I have done a pretty good job and I think the proof is in the pudding," he said.
The three tackled issues including the cooperation between the city and county, hurricane preparations and downtown development; all things that Berard said are helping her reach her final decision.
"Sumter has improved a lot over the last couple of years and it's moving in the right direction and so I want to vote for a mayor that is going to continue that on and continue the success Sumter has while having real plans of actions of change to improve the things that we still need to improve on," Berard said.
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