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Senate District 34 candidates discuss the issues


Candidates looking to represent Linn County in Senate District 34 talked about the issues in a forum Thursday.

Democrat Liz Mathis is the incumbent.

She was elected to the state senate by special vote last fall.

Ryan Flood is her republican challenger.

He won the nomination after the primaries when the original candidate dropped out.

One of the top issues tonight was education, including state funding for early childhood learning.

"The money that you put in now pays off later as the child is ready to read and becomes a future candidate in a job pool, certainly a future candidate for college," said Mathis.

"Educational spending doesn't necessarily equate to educational results," said Flood.  "If we can do things that are going to be more effective that don't necessarily cost a bunch of money to do, I mean that's going to be in our best interest as a state."

The candidates did agree on a few issues.

For example, they're both against raising the state gas tax.

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