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Photos: KPBS Co-Hosts Debate Between Top Mayoral Candidates

Just five weeks before elections and one week before early voting begins, the top four San Diego mayoral candidates gathered for a debate in the KPBS studios.

The debate was broadcast live on radio and television and hosted by KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico and 10News Anchor Virginia Cha.

Here's what happened behind the scenes:

Close to 150 people watched the debate in the KPBS studios.

The KPBS crew prepares the candidates for a live televised debate at KPBS.

Nathan Fletcher makes a point as his fellow candidates, Kevin Faulconer and Mike Aguirre wait their turn.

The debate was moderated by KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico and 10News anchor Virginia Cha.

The timer that alerts the candidates when their time is up became a running joke throughout the debate. Candidate Mike Aguirre shared his amused frustration at always getting cut off by the red light.

Former state assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher is currently ahead in the polls.

Faulconer and Fletcher had the most heated exchange of the debate. It centered on public safety and Fletcher having switched political parties in the last mayoral election.

There were a lot of SDSU students in the audience. KPBS is located on the campus of San Diego State University.

10News reporter Joe Little takes notes during the live debate.

Kevin Faulconer gets his picture taken with an audience member at the mayoral debates held at KPBS studios.

Candidate David Alvarez shakes hands after the debate.

After the mayoral debate, the candidates pose with the moderators for a photo opp.

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