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District 33 candidates discuss the issues
Taxes, senators, and who will run the country. In a few weeks, Nebraskans will head to the polls to vote on what's best for the state.
The candidates of the District 33 senate race are preparing for election day.
District 33 encompasses such cities as Hastings, Wood River, and Kenesaw. Vying for that position, is current state senator Les Seiler and his opponent Butch Hughes.
Senator Seiler was appointed to his position in January of this year, after the death of Dennis Utter.
"When I interviewed with the governor, one of the conditions he wanted was to run if I got appointed," said Seiler.
This is also the first time Hughes is throwing his name into the race.
"I think it's time this district had someone that represented agriculture, represented leadership, represented the true reason we want to educate our kids," Hughes said.
Both men agree the budget is one of the biggest issues facing the state.
"That will be a mayor issue on where we cut, where we get the money, especially in light of the governors position that we need to reduce taxes," said Seiler.
"We need to have a more respectful relationship with our Washington DC and we can't do that by always being on our knees asking for more money," Hughes said.
On the local front, Senator Seiler wants something done about municipal taxes.
"That's a serious impact because that money is almost all used for the EPA problem," Seiler said.
For Hughes getting government out of small business and water quality are important.
"We are like a cross section of the entire state because we have some urban influence here and Hastings is fairly cosmopolitan," said Hughes.
Seiler says other big issues include the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services and TEEOSA, the tax equity and educational opportunities support act.
Hughes agrees with Health and Human Services, and says water issues across the state.
But when discussing and voting on these issues, both say they keep their constituents in mind.
"That's the way I look at every bill. How does it affect the 33rd district. Irf it doesn't affect the 33rd district, how does it affect the state and if it doesn't affect the state then why are we passing it?" said Seiler.
"If the people know they got an honest fella in the legislature they're more likely to tell you the truth themselves," said Hughes.
Les Seiler and Butch Hughes, candidates for the 33rd district.
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