Published: Mar 07, 2014 8:51 PM EST
Updated: Mar 07, 2014 11:08 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "To get it rolling, the first question."

Two hours of questions for three Republican candidates. Paige Kreegel, Curt Clawson, and Michael Dreikorn took center stage at the Collier County Government Center Friday night for a primary forum. Absent was state senator Lizbeth Benacquisto.

"She was in the building prior to the start of this event, and she had just learned of a tragedy effecting family friends and she left the building to attend to that family."

That left these men who all say they deserve your vote for different reasons.

"I'm the only one here who has had 8 years of legislative experience," said Kreegel.

"I believe I have a lot of substance to offer, please take a look at me," said Dreikorn.

"I think in my case, I have never sought political office, never been a politician before," said Clawson.

Some of the big topics at Friday's forum: President Obama's health care law, government spending, and reducing those controversial water releases from Lake Okeechobee into Southwest Florida.

"Accountability of the federal agencies and I'll start with the Army Corps of Engineers because they're putting a lot of hurt on us right here in Southwest Florida," said Clawson.

"I think Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act is doing terrible things to our country economically and it needs some work, a lot of work," said Kreegel.

"I think more and more folks like the idea of non-career politican and strong economic groth and cutting the deficit," said Clawson.

Coliler County Elections officials tell WINK News, starting Satrurday these absentee ballots will be mailed out. You have a month to get them back to the Elections Office. Lee County Officials will start mailing them out this weekend. We also checked with Charlotte County, but WINK News has not heard back from their office.