The next mayor will weigh in on many big issues this year, including city water use and infrastructure spending.

The Republican city councilman is relying on loans for a big part of his initial investment in city infrastructure. But he’s against a big loan that would require a tax increase.

The former assemblyman says he’ll know how to deal with the broken infrastructure backlog by the end of 2014. He’s open to a big bond to help pay for repairs.

A solid lesson in what’s relevant in an election. Plus, getting to know the race’s underdog (that’s Mike Aguirre, not his Twitter-capable companion Winston).