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Senate 18 race heating up

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Election day is quickly approaching and one contest has the potential to change the balance of the Senate in Iowa. Those in Linn county will hit the polls this Tuesday and will decide between Republican candidate Cindy Golding and Democrat Liz Mathis for Senate District 18.

Golding and Mathis answered a list of hotly debated topics in sit down interviews with KWWL, including same-sex marriage and education.

One topic getting national attention is same-sex marriage. Golding said Iowans should have the chance to vote on the issue. Mathis said she doesn't discriminate and supports the Iowa State Supreme Court Appellate decision.

Mathis and Golding also spoke about education and keeping recent graduates in Iowa.

"For my kids to want to come home and raise their kids here, we need to fix that and we need to be attractive to businesses that have good jobs," Golding said. "We have some really great employers here but we need to get more and then people like my kids who have engineering degrees from Iowa State University, they can find really great jobs back here in Iowa."

For Mathis she says colleges need to promote internships in Iowa.

"When students are in college some professors and some colleges don't tell them about the internships that are here in the state of Iowa. They aren't helping to promote that," Mathis said. "I am on the Board of Regents at Wartburg College and we really push internships with the state of Iowa. Stay here, be community leaders."

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