CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson and challenger Ken Lanci squared off at the City Club Wednesday in their one and only debate.

The showdown is a Cleveland tradition.

Mayor Jackson is running for a third term, saying that he wants to oversee many initiatives that are poised for succes, including the schools transformation plan.

Lanci is a wealthy businessman who owns a Cleveland company.

He argues downtown's success has bypassed Cleveland residents in the neighborhoods who are still struggling with crime, poverty and problem schools.

There are no public poll numbers yet. But most observers believe Mayor Jackson is a strong frontrunner.

Lanci is also striking a religious theme in his campaign, saying faith, hope and love will help address many of the city's problems.