PEORIA - Two city council candidates are taking a more personal approach to reach voters.
Second district candidates Barbara Van Auken and Chuck Grayeb squared off in a candidate forum Thursday night.
The two answered questions and plead their cases to nearly a dozen residents in a home on Underhill Street. The forum hit topics like how to improve public safety, securing the private sector and street safety.
"This is where people can really got to know you. You can really have a conversation and talk with people, instead at them," said incumbent Van Auken.
"I think showing that we're more responsive to the need and the concerns of the people of the second, as has been the case. We'll work hard for them for things they really consider most important," said Grayeb.
The forum was put together by the University East Neighborhood Association. Early voting takes place March 25.