There are five candidates seeking to become Ypsilanti's next mayor. Sitting Mayor Amanda Edmonds decided against seeking re-election. 2nd Ward City councilwoman Beth Bashert was unopposed in the August primary but now faces a run-off with four others. Anne Brown has previously served on Ypsilanti City Council. Adrienne Hirschfelder is a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Mickiela Tate is an Ypsilanti resident dipping into local politics for the first time, and Shiela McSpadden is a write-in candidate seeking her first elective office. Four of the five candidates gathered at Riverside Arts Center for a public forum Tuesday night. McSpadden did not participate. 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there.