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District 33 candidates participate in public forum
Friday marked a public forum for the District 33 senatorial race. Senator Les Seiler and opponent Butch Hughes answered the public's questions today at a public forum meaning instead of prepared questions, this time the topics come straight from the voters.
"How do you feel about the amendment to increase Senate salaries?"
"How are we going to increase how we rank nationally in education?"
Senator Les Seiler and opponent Butch Hughes faced off in Hastings.
"Do you oppose or support legislation requiring photo id for voters before voting?"
"Here's a perfect example. Our senator's photo doesn't qualify. It's got my picture on there twice but it doesn't qualify for voter ID because it doesn't have my date of birth on it," said Seiler.
The public could write down their questions and have the candidates respond.
"It gives the public a chance to ask questions and meet the candidates if they don't know them well. And it gives the candidates a chance to say their positions on certain issues," said forum coordinator Donna Dill.
"I think the state needs to get out of trying to regulate gambling. If somebody wants to have a horse race track for gosh sakes that's their business," Hughes said.
"Casino gambling brings in $254,000 to the city of Hastings every year that lowers your real estate taxes," said Seiler.
With topics ranging from horse racing to the inheritance tax, district 33, including the town of Hastings, had many questions they want answered.
"From my experience which I practice in this area, many of my clients that are paying this tax are actually people from out of state and therefore they get a chance to help bear the burden here in Adams County," said Seiler.
"The Inheritance tax is really just a cheap way of taking money from people that can't do anything about it," Hughes said.
"The inheritance tax, it's a large issue. Glad to see the discussion on that. I'm a county board member and it does affect the tax payers," said Eldon Orthmann.
The next public forum will take place on Monday at 7:30 at the Public Library for the mayor race.
Another will be held Tuesday at the Library at 7:00 for the Hastings Public School Board.
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