Longwell, Whipple debate tonight on KAKE

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The two mayoral candidates who finished on top in the primary and advanced to next month's general election will face off tonight on KAKE.

The debate featuring Mayor Jeff Longwell and Kansas Rep. Brandon Whipple will air commercial-free at 6:30 p.m. CDT. KAKE's Deb Farris, Craig Nigrelli and Pilar Pedraza will be the moderators. 

The debate comes at a critical time for the city of Wichita. Voters are looking at big issues the city faces - from employment, to development downtown, the future of Century II and the city's water treatment facility.

KAKE News asked voters about the importance of the race ahead of Tuesday's debate.

"There are so many things going on and growth in this area," said Earl Adair, who plans to vote. "Everyone needs to get out and vote or they don't have a reason to complain.

Others echoed that sentiment.

"A lot of big things that affect your life are dealt with in city council or mayor," said Joshua Mackey.

If you're not near a TV this evening, click here to watch it live.