I haven't voted the same way in every election - previously I have voted Liberal Democrat and Labour - but this time I think I will vote Tory.
I identify with the things that (Conservative leader) David Cameron talks about, things like the "Great Ignored".
I am a teacher, I have a mortgage, I pay my taxes, I am struggling to pay off my student loan, and I haven't managed to build up any savings. I feel like there is no help for single people like me.
I am also concerned about crime. In the area where I live, there has been a spate of break-ins, and recently a 14-year-old girl was attacked in the street next to mine. That is a worry for me, living on my own.
I am also worried about petrol prices. I travel more than 40 miles to work and have big petrol costs. By the end of the month, I often end up spending more than I earn.
I think personalities are really important; the country is looking for reassurance. (Prime Minister) Gordon Brown never seems to answer direct questions, whereas David Cameron is younger and a bit more reassuring. I am sure Gordon Brown does want the job, but he doesn't seem to fight for it. My constituency is a safe Labour seat. I know my Tory vote won't make much of a difference but it is my way of protesting.
I watched the leaders' debate, but it is not going to change my vote. I was impressed with Nick Clegg, and the way he handled himself, and Gordon Brown did very well. David Cameron did what I thought he would.
Jon Reid - Headteacher, Larbert High, Falkirk
I haven't completely decided who I am voting for. My constituency is a Labour seat currently, and is a target seat for the SNP.
One of the things I am interested in is the teachers' pension scheme. I read that it has been running in deficit, and the Conservatives have been keeping an eye on it. Our final salary pension is one of the few perks a teacher gets, and I will be interested to see how the parties react to that.
The Conservatives are saying they want to raise standards in schools, the Liberal Democrats are saying they want to increase funding to schools and that appears in the Labour manifesto as well with things like Sure Start. They are all saying the same things packaged in a slightly different way.
But these things will not happen without extra funding and resources. As a headteacher with a six-figure budget cut next year, I know things don't add up. How can standards increase if funds keep being squeezed?
The alternative to Labour in my area is the SNP, and I am not sure about the concordat it has introduced in Scotland. As a headteacher, I have less money to play with, so why would I vote SNP if the result is I have less money to provide for our pupils?
I watched the leaders' debate, but nothing they said really swayed me either way. It was all about personality rather than real substance, although it did make me think a little more of Nick Clegg and put him more in the running I guess. At the moment, however, it's too early to be making any choices.
- As told to Victoria Prest and Emma Seith.
Original paper headline: Westminster election 2010 - All to play for as politicians fight for the teachers' vote