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September 27, 2012

J-E holds candidate forum

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"The Road Use Tax Fund needs to be healthy," Schrad said. "We will need to look where funding will come from. The (projected) shortfall over the next 10 years is a problem."
 
"There is a lot of different ways we can find the funds," Suhr said. "We are going to have to do something. It will have to in 2013-14. There hasn't been a mismanagement of funds."
 
"We must balance this issue and gas prices with the sluggish economy," Heartsill said. "Road conditions are effected by gas prices. The default answer should not be to raise taxes. That would be foolish."
Dealing with situations where constituents feel differently than the political party's position
 
"I am choosing people over politics," Suhr said. "I want to represent the people at home, not an agenda. I want to be honest, even with tough decisions."
 
"We need to have push back on the party if the issue is not beneficial for the district," Heartsill said.
 
"We need to work within the party," Schrad said. "It's worth a try."
 
"Words matter," Sinclair said. "I will represent the people and not the party. I won't be that person who won't listen."
 
Voting security concerns
 
"The system is susceptible to fraud," Heartsill said. "The Secretary of State has some good ideas. We need to make sure our elections are fair and honest. Voter ID is a great idea."
 
"I am hearing it's not a problem," Suhr said. "Polling places are small and rural - it's Iowa after all. I am not sure why we are speaning money on this if there isn't a problem. I would rather have roads than voter ID."

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