FORT MILL -- Tame. If Tuesday night's candidate forum at Fort Mill High School could be summed up in one word, that's it.
Outside of some strong statements from state House candidates Danny Stacy and Marvin Rogers -- both of whom spoke without an opponent present -- most candidates were cordial two weeks before Election Day with their competitors ,and in some cases, agreed with them.
Here's a look at what the candidates said:
In the York County Council District 1 race, Councilman Paul Lindemann, a Republican, touted his accomplishments on the council, such as balancing the budget and unifying a argumentative group of leaders.
Green Party challenger Bryan Smith talked about the need for a waste-to-energy facility, possibly an incinerator. Democratic candidate Marion Davenport said the council members need to improve their response to residents' concerns.
Like Lindemann, District 3 incumbent Joe Cox, a Republican, cited his achievements on the council, including the county taking over the struggling "Pennies for Progress" program and introducing an ordinance, passed this week, that penalizes ATV riders who travel on others' land without permission.
Cox's opponent, York Mayor and Democrat Eddie Lee, talked about exploring mass transit opportunities in the region and working to provide affordable housing.
Lee questioned Cox's support of a recently passed $45 million bond to pay for various projects, including building a new prison.
"Do you think that maybe it was ill-timed, considering the national economy?" Lee asked.
"I voted for it three times. I would vote for it a fourth time," Cox replied. "We have some serious space issues that are in York County right now."
In the District 4 race, incumbent Roy Blake, a Democrat, took credit for being the only council member to vote against the $45 million bond. He also claimed to have helped with road and sidewalk projects.
His Republican challenger, Tom Hardin, spoke of the need to improve the economically struggling district, which includes south Rock Hill.
"I think our district has lost its way a little bit," he said. "We need some new blood and new ideas and effective leadership."
District 7 Republican Rick Lee questioned Democratic challenger Chad Williams about Williams' claims that council members have mismanaged public funds and are working together peacefully only during election season.
"How will you be able to work with the council members you have insulted and accused of perpetuating this sort of scam on the public?" Lee asked.
"I don't think I was making accusations that are quite that deep," Williams said, noting that those concerns also were raised by people who commented on his campaign Web site. "I don't think that's my central issue."
Williams asked Lee why the council didn't get more public input about the $45 million bond, which included many projects rejected by voters in a 2006 referendum.
Lee said the county desperately needs the projects covered in the recent bond.
The night's toughest words came from Stacy, the Republican who hopes to defeat Democrat Dennis Moss in the race for the state House District 29 seat. Stacy claimed Moss slandered him in a magazine article, although he did not name the magazine or say what Moss had said.
"Mr. Moss has insulted me and my family," he said. "I won't mince words: Mr. Moss is a liar and a coward."
Rogers, a Republican battling Democrat John King for the District 49 seat, criticized his opponent for being a no-show, saying it's the second time King has failed to come to a public forum.
"In this current economy and this current crisis, it is unacceptable," he said. "There is no prior commitment that is greater than the commitment of addressing the needs of the people of your district two weeks before the election."