It’s decision time in Marlborough. On Tuesday, following what turned into a tight and engaging mayoral campaign, voters will decide whether Matt Jones or Arthur Vigeant will be the successor to outgoing Mayor Nancy Stevens. The candidates debated each other Tuesday in a forum hosted by the Marlborough Enterprise and MetroWest Daily News for broadcast on WMCT-TV. Vigeant, the City Council president for the last nine years, wants to take his role to the next level. He said he would move forward with projects that have already started developing, including the new senior center, and work to ensure businesses move to the city and expand here. “I really enjoy what I’m doing,” said Vigeant, who is in his 18th year on the council and works as a certified public accountant. Jones said he would focus on the schools, businesses and services for seniors. “I love helping people,” Jones said. “I love solving problems.” Vigeant has been pursuing the possibility of a new Senior Center in the old meetinghouse at 86 Pleasant St. Stevens opposes that idea, recommending instead that the city update a decade-old senior center feasibility study. Vigeant notes that councilors support the Pleasant Street project. “(Feasibility studies) are done for one reason – to delay projects,” Vigeant said. Jones publicly took a lead on the new senior center project before Vigeant. During the summer, he went to a meeting with seniors about the very topic and said they were upset Vigeant was not there. Vigeant said the City Council was not invited to the meeting. “The bottom line is – we need a new Senior Center,” Jones said. “If this election pushes the agenda forward, I think it’s fantastic.” Downtown, Jones said he would seek to better support small businesses. He praised the Vin Bin’s move to the old fire station but said the city still needs to work on filling storefronts downtown. Vigeant said the City Council worked with Vin Bin owner Rick Lombardi on the move. “We have a great downtown,” Vigeant said. “We need to do better.” Following a deterioration of the relationship between the mayor and the City Council, the candidates made their cases for how they would maintain a healthy rapport with councilors. Several councilors have publicly backed Vigeant. None have endorsed Jones, Vigeant said, and the first-time candidate would have to build relationships with councilors. “I like building coalitions,” said Jones, an attorney. Vigeant also highlighted his relationship with the School Committee, which he would chair as mayor. Jones previously worked as a social studies teacher for six years. “Everyday on the campaign, I take my school teaching experience with me,” Jones said. After the months of debates, meetings, fundraising and traveling door-to-door, that campaign concludes Tuesday. Get out and vote! To find out the air times for this debate, visit wmct-tv.com. Paul Crocetti can be reached at 508-490-7455 or .