Stamford's candidates for mayor faced off for a final time Thursday night.
"I believe I am by far the most qualified candidate to run this city," said Unaffiliated candidate Kathleen Murphy.
"I am proud of what I've done. But we have a long way to go and have been falling behind," said Democrat David Martin.
"This is no joke. I don't see anybody else up here doing what I do," said John Zito, also unaffiliated.
"We all love this city. It has provided so much for me and my family. I'm running for mayor because I want those same opportunities for all of you," said Republican Michael Fedele.
The debate, hosted by the city's League of Women Voters, addressed a little bit of everything.
But the gloves came off when Democrat David Martin questioned Republican Michael Fedele's time as Lt. Governor of Connecticut.
"During the time when Rell was governor and Mr. Fedele was Lt. Gov., Stamford was not treated well by the state," said Martin.
Martin referring to budgeting. Fedele responded saying as Lt. Gov, he did bring dollars to the City, like the Stamford Center for the Arts.
"They were going bankrupt, so was the Palace Theatre, which was part of that. Through my office, and the governor's office, we brought money back," said Fedele.
"The record is, that during that period of time we lost Wright Tech, and we didn't get any ECS (educational cost sharing) money," said Martin.
"In 2008, under the Rell, Fedele administration, we had proposed 100% funding for the Educational Cost Sharing monies to the cities. Not only to Stamford, but to all cities. We proposed it; the legislature cut it," said Fedele.
But Independent Kathleen Murphy said the city's fiscal issues would be best solved in house.
"We can not rely on getting money from the state and federal government. We've got to figure out and solve our problems and it's going to be tough," said Murphy.
"I want to change the image of Stamford and what we're doing so that we're not competing first on tax incentives. I want to attract businesses to this area because this is where they want to be anyway," said Martin.
"The Fedele economic development here in Stamford, there's going to be two doors. One is obviously going to be working to attract large corporations, because I think that's important, and the other one is going to be to work with small businesses," said Fedele.
The forum wrapped up a series of debates held in Stamford. Election Day is November 5.