Bay News 9 Senior News Anchor Al Ruechel says he's moderated 30 to 40 debates in his career, however, this debate was more fun and natural.
Ruechel calls the evening a success and believes some candidates were more prepared than others, in an analysis after the Pinellas County Sheriff's candidate debate on Tuesday at Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater.
He believes voters were able to get to know the candidates and where they stand on issues such as immigration, prescription drugs, balancing the budget and cutting programs.
Watch the video attached to this story to hear Ruechel's debate analysis.
You can also watch the entire two-hour debate in three sections on Patch.
Watch each of the candidates describe their highlight of the evening: