In just a few weeks, people will head to the polls to vote, and in Saginaw there is a wide field of candidates for the city council. Nineteen candidates are competing for four seats on Saginaw's city council.
The new members will be weighing in on major issues, like selecting the next city manager and reducing crime. So many residents want to make sure the right people are at the table.
Saginaw native Pat Hall is ready to see the city she loves in a better place.
She said she thinks city council can help turn things around, so she attended a forum Wednesday night to hear from the candidates vying for a seat.
The Saginaw Valley Young Professionals Network hosted the forum. The network wants to see a better quality of life in Saginaw.
Some argue in order to do that, something must be done about the crime.
Some candidates argue that Saginaw's crime rate is so high because there just isn't enough for young people to do.
"We need to start investing our money in parks and recreation and give these kids something to do. We have to be more relevant and make the kids more relevant," says council candidate James Carthan.
Other candidates said more police officers are needed on the streets.
"We have to hire a city manager that can turn this city around, bring revenue back to this city so we can put police on the streets," said council candidate Ed Brown.
After hearing from the candidates residents TV5 caught up with say they feel more informed and hopeful.
Election Day is Nov. 5.
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