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Gluba, Klipsch face off a week before general election

When you’re running for a public office in Davenport, every second of speaking time counts. For Mayor Bill Gluba and challenger Frank Klipsch, a forum by ...

When you're running for a public office in Davenport, every second of speaking time counts.

For Mayor Bill Gluba and challenger Frank Klipsch, a forum by the Landlords of Davenport is another opportunity to get more voters on their side.

"You can get a lot more done by bringing people together and finding shared interests and building from there. That's what I bring to the table. We're talking about what style of leadership you want to your Mayor's office," Klipsch said.

"People watched it as a side show with court jesters down there. We changed that by working together. We have great alderman who work together. I helped bring that about. Consensus, not conflict," Gluba said.

Once the evening opened up to the audience, a number of questions were about some of their issues of concern, including changes to the proposed CitiBus routes and a vote to extend Elmore Avenue.

A number of those issues brought on some tense moments between the candidates.

Even with the pointed back and forth, there was still a moment to look back at some of the positive moves in the city, and where they see Davenport going from here.

"I think we've got the city heading in the right direction. Do we have all the answers? No. We're doing the best we can," Gluba said.

"I think that's important. As we move forward, we find ways to work within our means, and I'm proud of that," Klipsch said.

Between the open ward seats and the Office of Mayor, Davenport voters press hard before making a final decision.

The primary this month offered an early indication of where voters stand.

With two other people int he race, Klipsch beat Gluba 56% to 32%. After the results were released, Gluba said he would push harder to raise money for his campaign, while Klipsch said those results showed voters are looking for change.

The general election is Tuesday, November 3rd.