CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the first time in 17 years, there was not an incumbent participating in the District nine debate Wednesday in uptown Charlotte.

Republican Robert Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts faced off for the first time at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in front of a small crowd.

The two rarely addressed one another, but often disagreed on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to unions in North Carolina.

The candidates had different visions for the future of the district's infrastructure too. Roberts passionately supported funding public transit systems like the light rail while Pittenger prefers that money be spent on expanding roads and highways.

The two will meet again in October. A third candidate for District nin, Libertarian Curtis Stone, will join them at that debate.

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