Kansas City, Missouri, mayoral candidates Sly James and Mike Burke squared off for a final debate on Monday, one day before voters go to the polls to choose a new mayor.

The candidates debated at the Kansas City Public Library on Monday morning. About 200 people attended the event.

For the most part, this mayoral campaign has been marked by its polite and positive tone, with both Burke and James saying that they want to bring more jobs to the city, and make it a safer place to live and work.

The candidates, both attorneys by trade, each believe that they have what it takes to restore faith in city government, but regaining that confidence means bringing new jobs to the city and keeping existing businesses here.

"One of the first things I'm going to do as Mayoris step back and take a look at how we as a city, and how we as a region, lobby because we are not doing it very effectively," said Burke.

James says he would like to see tax increment finance, or TIF, funds used in distressed areas of the city.

"We need to be more strategic in how we use TIF," said James. "We need to use TIF in how we spurred development in other parts of town (rather) than the ones that typically get the benefit of TIFs."

Some attendees at Monday's debate say that they are still undecided between James and Burke.

"Mike Burke's experience is very attractive, given his experience he's had in supporting city wide efforts over the course of his career," said undecided voter Wayne Powell. "Sly appeals to me because of his energy and positive outlook and I think his ability to lift the city up."

The audience at Monday's debate appeared to enjoy the light-hearted give and take between Burke and James. Both candidates have vowed the other would have a role in their administration.

"I'd love to see Mike involved in making Kansas City the arts capital of the country. Absent that, he drives well," said James to laughter.

The polls open in Kansas City at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and will close at 7 p.m.