TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Just like a speed-dating like opportunity, Topekans were encouraged to chat up and make a connection with local candidates Monday night.
Area voters turned out for the candidate chat at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
Attendees had the chance to visit directly with candidates running for Topeka City Council and Mayor races. Six of the nine districts are being voted on next Tuesday.
Each candidate had their own table and attendees could meet the candidates and ask questions -- something the hopefuls in district one really enjoyed.
"I think this forum is absolutely fantastic," said District 1 candidate Matt Bevens. "It gives people an opportunity to ask the candidates specific questions and it allows them to engage the issues specifically instead of just getting the very common, canned questions that people have and then you have the canned answers that candidates will provide".
"What we talked about at one of the tables when I had a full table was the fact that we have good neighborhood support, we have good policing, people want to take it to the next level, said District 1 incumbent Karen Hiller. "We want to drive crime out of our city and out of our neighborhoods."
Advanced voting began Monday in Shawnee County at the election office.
Vote from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this week, and until noon on Monday April 1.