NORMAL (WEEK) - The race for IL 13th congressional district is underway with a debate Tuesday night.
It's a rematch between incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis and challenger Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan.
Davis and Londrigan ran against each other in 2018. Londrigan was about 2000 votes away from beating Davis. The candidates discussed topics such as COVID-19 relief, gun violence, global warming, taxes and more.
The candidates were asked what they would do to combat systemic racism. Davis acknowledged the call to ‘defund police’ saying it is one of the most ridiculous ideas he has ever heard. In fact, he says more money should be put into law enforcement for proper training.
"Extra weeks of training for every police officer, not just here in IL like we have it now, but nationwide to make sure they address de-escalation techniques," Davis said.
Londrigan agreed law enforcement needs more training, but less physical and more implicit bias and crisis intervention training. Londrigan applauded peaceful protesters.
"If we are not talking about systemic racist injustices in our criminal justice system, in our healthcare, in our businesses, then we're missing the point," Londrigan said.
While the two agree something needs to be done, their strategies to combat racism are different.
Only two years ago, Davis beat Londrigan by just more than 2000 votes, less than one percentage point, so there was no shortage of attacks from both sides.
Election day is in exactly three weeks.