The stakes will be high when the men and women who want to be Stroud’s Member of Parliament face off in a debate on June 5.
The debate is being organised by Stroud Town Council with support from the Stroud News and Journal.
The town has backed the party which has gone on to form the Government at every General Election since 1979, so the candidates will be extra keen to win over voters in the hustings.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “If you’re not sure who to vote for in this election, come and listen to the candidates being questioned on the important issues. Even if you’ve already decided, come along anyway and you might change your mind.
“Voting is an essential ingredient of our democratic society so it’s good to have the opportunity to make an informed choice.
“Stroud’s recent history as a bellweather constituency shows that here, your vote really does count.”
Campaigning in the election was suspended following the Manchester terror attack earlier this week but was expected to resume within a few days.
All five of the Stroud candidates are expected to attend the hustings, including sitting MP Neil Carmichael (Conservative), former MP David Drew (Labour) who held the seat from 1997 until 2010, Max Wilkinson (Liberal Democrat), Sarah Lunnon (Green), and Glen Gogerly (UKIP).
In 2015, Mr Carmichael won the seat with a majority of just under 5,000 over Mr Drew. This will be the fifth time the pair have fought for the right to represent the people of Stroud.
They aren’t the only familiar faces, Ms Lunnon also contested the seat in 2015, finishing fourth, sandwiched between UKIP and the Lib Dems.
Property consultant Andrew Watton will chair the debate, which takes place at Stroud Subscription Rooms on June 5 at 7.30pm.