Tuesday night's debate touched on many topics, but one seemed to come up more than others; at least from sandy Stimson.
"The most troubling indicator that lies for mobile is our declining population. While similar cities like Savannah and Charleston are growing, mobile is shrinking," said Stimpson.
It seems the crux of Stimpson's campaign will be addressing the fact that people are leaving Mobile.
Before the year 2000 mobile had just over 200,000 people. According to the latest census numbers in 2011 Mobile is now under 195,000 a loss of about 2 and a half percent.
The question facing the candidates is why.
"It's the quality of life, if you don't have clean safe parks, if you don't have bike trails if you don't have the thriving arts community then at some point people say I am going to go somewhere where they have that," said Stimpson.
"they live outside the city, a lot of people live out there because they want larger lots and new sub-divisions there are a lot of reasons for that but they still are serviced in mobile they still shop in mobile they do a lot of different things in Mobile," said Mayor Sam Jones.
Mayor Jones says population is likely to go up when you consider the future of Mobile.
"I think if you look at our community if you look at the growth and you look at the development in our community, we have a lot to be proud of," said Jones.