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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The final stretch for the San Diego mayoral race and previous elections show the younger vote is growing.  

Monday the California Western School of Law and KNSJ 89.1 hosted a mayoral forum.

Leading candidates were invited and Mike Aguirre, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer attended.

CBS News 8 is being told Nathan Fletcher had a scheduling conflict and did not make it to the event.

There was not one issue that took center stage at the forum. Law students and journalists on the panel asked a variety of questions such as Prop D, which in 2010 voters rejected a proposed sales tax increase.

"The people of San Diego cannot afford to pay more taxes right now," said Aguirre.

Other voters wanted to know about improving public transportation.

"I bike to work. I will become the first mayor who bikes to work. You have to have someone who lives in it and believes in it," said Alvarez.

Voters asked bout police and it wasn't about hiring the 130 needed officers on the street.

"How much of the tax money to the police officers will go to holding police accountable for your misconduct?" said the viewer from Facebook.

This brought up issues about trusting government.

"We can't afford to go back and repeat the mistakes of the past this city made financially," said Faulconer.

Whether it was strategy, Faulconer praised opponent Alvarez during the forum when speaking of being on the council and improving economic growth and homelessness.

"David and I both supported regulations that streamline and make it easier for people to open a restaurant," said Faulconer.

However, one student wanted to hear about issues that would have a greater impact on his future.

"I am surprised that we haven't mentioned anything about education," said Mitchell Miller.

He is a third-year-student at Cal Western School of Law and asked the mayoral candidates how they can work to make sure college students have a job when they get their diploma.

"How can the city bridge the knowledge gap?" said Miller.

After voters stood up and asked the candidates questions most felt like the candidates gave a canned answer.

"I didn't feel impacted because I didn't feel like it was coming from the heart," said Juan Hernandez.

The student asked about social entrepreneurs and creating jobs for the younger generation.

Although he and other students said they received a scripted answer, they hope if one of the candidates is mayor then hopefully they will reflect on tonight's forum and the needs of students.  

"At least if they didn't answer the question directly it at least put the issue forward and got it out in the public," said Miller.

The office for the San Diego Registrar of Voters reports 28% of the voters who received a ballot in the mail have cast their ballot and a majority are in Rancho Bernardo and Point Loma.

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