Students take over Binghamton mayoral debate

By Jillian Marshall

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With only one week until election day, the race for Binghamton Mayor is heating up. For the first time Tuesday night, students were the ones who asked the tough questions.

It took students from Seton Catholic Central and Binghamton High School two weeks to prepare for Tuesday's debate at Binghamton High School's Helen Foley Theater.

Members of both school's government classes got together and came up with seven key issues that they wanted to know about.

Democratic candidate Teri Rennia and Republican candidate Rich David were each asked questions and had two minutes to respond. Then, the other candidate had a chance to speak on the topic for two minutes.

Students asked about the infrastructure of the city, privatizing public transportation, crime, how the candidates recognize what the city has to offer and how they would attract new companies to the area.

For first-time voters, there was one key issue on their minds.

"I believe that this city has a lot of economic issues with jobs for the younger generations," said senior at Seton Catholic Central, Robert Olsen. "I'm wondering what is going to draw me back to the area and make me stay here."

"How they're going to help younger kids stay in the community and not go away to college, or want to come back and have families here," said Ashley DeLucca, a senior at Seton Catholic Central.

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