Atlanta, GA (CBS46) -- A large list of candidates will battle it out for the seat in Atlanta’s District 3 that was left vacated after the passing of long-time councilman Ivory Young.

Eight of the nine qualifying candidates took part in a debate Sunday that got a little heated at times.

During the debate, each candidate gave reasons why he or she should have a seat on the Atlanta City Council.

Among the candidates is Shalise Young, the widow of the late Ivory Young. Ivory Young was a four-term city council member who passed away in November.

The debate featured questions from a panel along with questions from the audience.

For the most part, it was calm, but there was a heated exchange between candidate Byron Amos, who's a current Atlanta school board member, and candidate Mesha Mainor, who's a physical therapist.

"If you have been in this district for 12 years and we have continued to vote for you why are the schools failing?” Mainor asked Amos.

Amos’s answer was drowned out by the roar of the audience.

Other candidates include: community activist Greg Clay, reformed convicted felon Ricky Brown, certified public accountant Erika Estrada, progressive website editor Matthew Charles Cardinale, men’s fashion brand CEO Antonio Brown, and former Georgia Perimeter College President Jabari Simama, who held the District 3 seat from 1987-1993.

More debates are expected in the coming weeks. The election is scheduled for March 19. If a run-off election is necessary, it will take place on April 16.

Click here for a FULL list of candidates running in Atlanta's District 3

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