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Cape mayor candidates face off in debate

Posted at 1:23 AM, Oct 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-28 01:23:34-04

Voters in Cape Coral got a chance to check out the candidates in person Friday night at city hall.

Both Joe Coviello and Mike Hollow settled into their seats ready to answer questions from the moderators.

"Make sure the residents have a voice, a voice at the podium and a voice through accessibility," said Coviello, when asked what the mayor's office meant to him.

The crowd inside council chambers heard Hollow's promise of transparency.

"Anytime someone has asked me a question, I have answered it," said Hollow. "Whether it's a negative question or a positive one, it doesn't matter," he added.

4 In Your Corner caught up with both men before the debate started.

Coviello spoke to his experience with the budget.

"I've been through 5 budget cycles, and I'm pretty up on the money," said Coviello. "As well as what the issues are facing Cape Coral," he added.

Mike Hollow also told 4 In Your Corner he wants what is best for the Purple Heart City.

"I want to bring our city to to next level, that's what I'm looking forward to do," said Hollow.

The crowd heard the men's responses to dozens of questions. They ranged from Hurricane Irma problems to how they plan on being fiscally responsible with tax dollars.

After both men finished their closing arguments, the crowd erupted into applause and the two candidates shook hands.

Now it's in the hands of the voters. The general election is set for Tuesday, November 7th.