BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce hosted the Brownsville Mayoral Forum on Thursday from the Historic Alonso Building.

The candidates, Erasmo Castro, a local figure, John Cowen, a Brownsville City Commissioner, Jennifer Stanton, a business owner, and Jessica Tetreau, also a Brownsville City Commissioner discussed their plans to address pertinent and imminent topics affecting the City of Brownsville.

The event was moderated by NBC Local 23 anchor Adam Cardona and the candidates addressed the audience and spoke on their priorities.

Erasmo Castro began the forum with his platform saying, “We [residents] yearn for a better Brownsville and we want to leave something better for our children. It’s important that we lift up each other as a community so that everyone in Brownsville can benefit from everything happening around us.”

Commissioner John Cowen says he believes Brownsville’s issues are economic, “Brownsville consistently ranks as the poorest community, lowest property values. Our path forward is through economic development and be a business-friendly city.”

Business owner Jennifer Stanton says balancing the city budget and making people accountable for their actions, “Work as a team and make things happen for Brownsville. Small business is 100% our growth and I believe in it.”

Commissioner Jessica Tetreau says having strong leadership, having a mayor who believes in you, “Building businesses, tourism, and what we [currently] have to be the greatest city in the Rio Grande Valley.

Election Day is May 6.