The toughest part of a race like the one for mayor is remembering that my opponent and I are still collegues, friends and members of the same community despite the pressures and anxieties a competitive race brings.
It's not the poking at each other's record or positions that bothers me, but its the back channel nastiness only made worse by the Internet. I chatted with Councilman Smith last night about it a bit.
It's all part of politics and the test for the candidates is their ability to deal with it all as temperment and judgement are key components of the job.
With three weeks to go till the election, there will be more tests for sure.