Voters get to choose who will run Caerphilly County Borough Council on Thursday, May 4.
The choice is between Labour and Plaid Cymru with each party fielding 71 and 68 candidates respectively.
The Conservatives have 28 candidates, while UKIP is fielding 11 candidates.
To boost their chances at the polls, the party leaders of Labour and Plaid Cymru have both visited the area.
Labour’s First Minister Carwyn Jones spent an afternoon on Wednesday, April 26, knocking on the doors of voters in Caerphilly town’s Lansbury Park estate.
He told Caerphilly Observer: “Labour has an excellent record of delivery. People can see that and see what Caerphilly Council has done in terms of education, in terms of social services.
“All of our Labour councils have been able to continue to deliver services on the ground where in England we’ve seen services collapse. Social care is collapsing in England, no new schools being built in England, but we’ve seen the development of the Cwm Rhymni campus at the lower end of the valley here in Caerphilly.
“People can see that a Labour council makes a real difference.”
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood visited Caerphilly town, Newbridge and Blackwood on Tuesday, April 25, to set out why people should vote for her party.
Speaking afterwards, Colin Mann, the Plaid Cymru group leader on Caerphilly County Borough Council, said the visit was a great boost to the local election campaign.
Cllr Mann said: “We visited some of the key targets for us in the local elections.
“People in these places, like many people across all wards in the county borough, understand the need to replace the stale Labour leadership of the local authority with something new and vibrant.”
Labour, which has been in power for the last five years, has highlighted low council tax increases, investment in libraries, boosts to the budgets of social services and education and the protection of council services all in the face of huge cuts made by the UK Government.
Plaid Cymru has promised more money for roads, tougher enforcement for fly-tipping and dog fouling offences, resistance to developers building on greenfield sites and employing traffic wardens.
A Labour group spokesperson said: “Plaid’s sums don’t add up – their ‘pledges’ are empty promises. Yet again we can see that Plaid Cymru are clueless. Caerphilly residents deserve responsible Council leadership.”
Plaid Cymru’s Cllr Mann said: “The last five years under Labour have been disastrous for people with mismanagement, rising council tax bills and a significant deterioration in services to the public.”