By Natalie Zarowny
The political forum at Black Hawk College was a chance for candidates to snatch up some votes and explain why they're the best person for the job.
"I really want to see what they have to say," said Imelda Clinklaw of Moline, Illinois.
It's not every day you get candidates from the county level, all the way to the national level, all together in one room.
But from county coroners to congressional candidates, everyone seemed happy to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
"There might be some folks out there in the crowd that might have a misunderstanding on where I am on a specific issue, so this gives me the opportunity to get out there in front and talk about what I stand for," said Bobby Schilling, Republican representative for the 17th district of Illinois.
"I think it's a good way to size up what a person's all about, what they believe in, what they stand for, so I appreciate a forum like this," said Cheri Bustos, Democratic nominee for representative for the 17th district of Illinois.
The event was hosted by the Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and many of the candidates focused on Latino community.
"We do have questions set up to target, to respond to issues that are concerning the Hispanic community, but this is a forum that's open to everybody," said Greg Aguilar, of the Quad City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
"It's also good to hear what their actual foundation is, because right now what they're speaking is all from, really what they want to tell the people," said Gabrielle Stevenson, a student at Black Hawk College.
Next Sunday Iowa voters will have the same opportunity to see their candidates speak, in a program sponsored by the Hispanic chamber, Saint Ambrose and Scott Community College.