The event took place in the Community Room of the YMCA of Clay County.
It was split into two categories. Candidates running for City Council, as well as Clerk/Treasurer candidate Karen McQueen, spoke first, with three of the five mayoral candidates speaking in the second portion.
Mayoral candidates John S. Nelson (Republican) and incumbent Ann Bradshaw (Democrat) were unable to attend the forum. Nelson had prior commitments while Bradshaw dealt with concerns from residents over a water leak that sprung earlier Thursday afternoon.
Brazil resident Mike Petersen served as the emcee for the event.
Each candidate was offered the opportunity to address those in attendance prior to going through a question/answer session.
During the City Council portion of the forum, candidates were asked what they believed were the biggest needs for the City of Brazil.
City Council Ward 1 candidate Gary Rickert (Republican) tackled the question first, saying jobs, cleaning up the town, help businesses build and fixing roads were the city's major issues.
Current council member Sam Glover, who represents Ward 2, said he believed the greatest problem Brazil faced was cosmetic.
"We have an image problem here," Glover, a Republican who is running unopposed in the primary, said. "But this is a great community."
Many candidates following Glover agreed.
"People don't want to stay in Brazil," City Council Ward 4 candidate Dustin Jorgensen, Republican, said. "But this is a city that's full of potential."
"I feel we have started in the right direction," added City Council At-Large incumbent Pat Heffner, Republican.
City Council Ward 1 incumbent Brad Deal, a Democrat, said he believed the city's infrastructure needed serious improvements. However, he added most cities across the United States faced the same issue.
"I think the right things are being done," Deal said.
In addition, the candidates were asked about what plans they had to fix the city's infrastructure.
"Folks, we are not alone," Deal said. "Infrastructures (across the board) are bad all over."
The candidates were also asked what they would do about residents driving lawnmowers and mopeds through city streets.
"That answer is tough," Deal said, adding he has discussed the issue with insurance agents.
Glover said the council has discussed adopting an ordinance for the issue.
The three mayoral candidates in attendance, Democrats Brian Wyndham and Beverly Chaney, along with Republican TJ Sneddon then addressed the crowd.
They were first asked how a mayor should represent the city.
Sneddon said public relations were important.
"The mayor has to represent the city," Sneddon said.
"It's starts with the mayor," Chaney added.
"You want the mayor to be an extension of what you are," Wyndham said.
The trio was also asked what their highest priorities were.
Sneddon said bringing business to the city along with repairing roads and the city's ongoing water issues, while Chaney said fixing roads, bringing jobs to the city and bringing people together again.
Wyndham responded with completing the water project, along with fixing the streets and sidewalks.
They were also asked about future annexation.
"I'm definitely for it," Chaney said. "The big thing is, we've got to build our tax base."
They were also asked if they had plans for an industrial park.
While Wyndham said he didn't believe there was a big enough space for one, both Chaney and Sneddon said they believed it was a good idea.
Finally, the three were asked to describe their leadership style and how they would lead.
"You have to face things head on," Sneddon said. "It's a problem solving job. The mayor is the one people look to."
"I will be as honest as I can," Chaney added.
Wyndham said he believed Brazil should be a leader for other cities and towns.
"We're not going to copycat."
Thursday's forum was the only one known to have been scheduled prior to the election, which will take place Tuesday, May 3.