With midterm elections are less than a month away, candidates are working to secure your vote. Those running for the 105th House District seat in McLean County faced off in a debate on Monday.
“I think new blood is part of the solution to this problem,” Democratic candidate for the seat Ben Webb said in his opening statement.
If he wins he would replace republican incumbent Dan Brady who has held the seat since 2001.
“Dan’s a nice person, he is a nice guy but when it comes to his politics i disagree. Part of the challenge that we often eluded to in this was, leadership needs to be a title you hold and then you give up,” Webb said.
Webb called it “unchecked incumbency” during the debate. A notion Brady disagrees with.
“I’ve always been an individual who is a man of the people, who has been reelected by the people. In part I think what I have to offer is not only the differences we have on policy but what I’ve done for the people of the 105th district when it comes to constituent services but when it comes to things important to this district,” Brady said.
Questions from the public dealt with pensions and Medicare and when higher education was touched on, Webb claimed Brady’s voting record shows a negative pattern.
“It wasn’t factual. I voted to support the FY19 budget, I voted to support dollars for the stop-gap budget, two stop-gap budgets I helped draft. So I have voted in favor of higher education in every area,” Brady said.
Both candidates left the debate feeling positive.
“I thought it went well I was very happy to see so many familiar faces in the audience we’re seeing a democratic push right now in a seat that hasn’t had a democrat in 17 years. It is extremely validating to see that people are excited that we are finally getting closer and closer to November,” Webb said.
“The debate went very well, I am very pleased with the outcome, very civil and we discussed major topics that are important to the people here for the 105th district here in Illinois,” Brady said.
Both are set to square off again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington. For more information on the debate visit the event Facebook page.