It's not an emotion usually associated with an election, but the emcee of the Meet the Candidates forum in Gunnedah tomorrow afternoon wants people to get excited.
Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Stacey Cooke said the forum was a chance to focus on possibilities instead of the current tough times.
"I hope it's really informative and gets people excited about what's to come," Ms Cooke said.
"This is a good opportunity to direct appropriate questions to the candidates.
"Positivity, especially in our current climate, we have to focus on that.
"With the drought, everything's been so down and depressing of late, but maybe the candidates - whatever they propose to do - hopefully it will instill some sort of motivation in the community that there is something to look forward to."
Five candidates for the state election have confirmed they will attend; Animal Justice Party’s Emma Hall is unwell.
The candidates for The Nationals - incumbent Kevin Anderson; Country Labor - Stephen Mears; Greens - Robin Gunning; Shooters, Fishers and Farmers - Jeff Bacon; and the independent - Mark Rodda also spoke at a similar Tamworth forum last night.
Apart from heated talks on funding for a Tamworth university campus, major topics were water infrastructure and vote preferences.
Ms Cooke said the candidates would start with a "five-minute spiel". Time limits and codes of conduct would also be in place for all.
"I am trained as a mediator, so that could come in handy," she said.
- The event will be on Wednesday at the Civic Gallery from 12.30pm until about 2pm