For some viewers, political debates - the use of rebuttals and time limits - can be stressful and distracting.
So instead, NBC 7 hosted a conversation with the two candidates in San Diego’s run-off special election for mayor.
On Thursday night, City Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez joined NBC 7's Mark Mullen and Catherine Garcia along with Gene Cubbison, host of NBC 7’s “Politically Speaking,” for a discussion of issues affecting San Diego.
The conversation started talking about the scandal over use of money from outside the U.S. to influence the mayoral election in 2012 and 2013. The discussion got heated when the candidates tackled topics like pension reform, the Barrio Logan community plan and a new stadium for the Chargers. Alvarez and Faulconer had similar stances on police officer recruitment, as well as medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.
Voters go to the polls on Feb. 11.