Gathered in a room off Power Inn Road, about 30 business people attended a town hall forum with Sacramento mayoral hopeful Angelique Ashby.
The candidate began by discussing her early days as a single mother in Sacramento who worked her way through college and law school.
"When I was 20 I became a young single mom, it was a tough way to start -- food stamps, low-income housing,” Ashby said.
The council woman outlined her vision for the city.
"For me, I think the most important things for the city of Sacramento moving forward really fall into three categories: public safety, economic development and quality of life,” Ashby said.
The audience was filled with business men and women from the Power Inn Alliance -- community members focused on business and growth.
"I think all infrastructure issues, especially, and transportation, the traffic affects all of us,” said Richard Fisher.
"Cannabis cultivation facilities has been a big area we are pursuing, as well as really what’s the city's economic development plan, said Tracey Schaal, executive director of the Power Inn Alliance.
The Power Inn Alliance also invited mayoral candidate Darrell Steinberg, but the former Senate leader couldn’t make it.
"Due to a family emergency that has taken me out of town, I regret I cannot make this evening’s forum as planned. I look forward to engaging with you on these important topics and issues at a rescheduled date,” said Steinberg in a written statement.
The third candidate, Tony Lopez, was not invited to participate in the forum.