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House 68 race puts incumbent against familiar name

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MARION (KWWL) -

Mary Lundby served the people of Iowa for more than 20 years in the state legislature until her death in 2009.

A few months ago a bridge was dedicated in her honor and now, her son is trying to live up to the Lundby name.

"There wasn't a strong voice for the district anymore, and that was the reputation that my mother had," said Daniel Lundby, (D) House District 68.  "She spoke to the voters.

Daniel Lundby is the Democratic candidate for the new House District 68, which covers Marion and rural Linn County.

He's challenging State Representative Nick Wagner, who wants to be re-elected to continue working on the state's budget.

"We're being diligent with taxpayer dollars," said Nick Wagner, (R) House District 68.  "By not spending more than we take in and not deliberately under funding programs and also not using one-time dollars for ongoing expenses."

Thursday the two went head to head over the issues in a candidate forum.

Both want to see more jobs in Iowa.

Wagner believes a good budget will entice employers.

"They know that the state is being responsible with their tax dollars and we're being fiscally responsible and so they can plan for long-run," said Wagner.

Lundby wants to use the state's more than $600 million budget surplus to invest in the future.

"It's not time to spend money, it's time to reinvest our money," said Lundby.  "We invest in our homes, we invest in our cars, we invest in our education, we need to do the same for the Iowa families."

Wagner is currently serving his second term in the house.

Lundby says his political experience thus far has been helping his mother.

Mary Lundby was a republican, but her son is running as a democrat.

He says he doesn't think the GOP stands for what it used to and that he wasn't raised to vote on party lines.

Wagner has said in the past that Mary Lundby endorsed his own campaign for the legislature.

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