Danville, VA - Danville City Council candidates gathered Wednesday morning to answer questions and say why they should be elected into office on May first.
The seven hopefuls focused strongly on job creation and education. They also talked about the importance of public safety.
Many mentioned the Hylton Hall fire from Sunday and how it reinforced the need for proper funding for all emergency crews.
Several of the candidates also added that it is important that they balance the budget -- whether that means increasing taxes, decreasing unnecessary city services, or both.
"We need to learn to live within our means. We have to provide government services with 10,000 fewer tax payers than we had just a decade ago," said David Luther, a Danville City Council candidate.
"Maintaining our competitive edge, job training, upgrading our skills, and developing a pool of various skill sets," said Sherman Saunders, another candidate.
Another theme at the meeting was encouraging a more positive attitude among Danville residents.