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NC House, Senate candidates square off in Brunswick Co.


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- With early voting just hours away, folks in Brunswick County got the chance to meet their candidates Wednesday night. During the political forum, area House and Senate candidates squared off on a variety of topics and issues.

From transportation, to education to putting sand on our beaches, the four nominees were put on the spot inside Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

Both candidates for NC House District 17, incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Iler and his Democratic challenger Lundia Washington, squared off Wednesday. Among the topics was their stand on a voter ID law.

Though Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the bill earlier this year, Iler says if re-elected he will try to sponsor a new bill.

"Just because we don't convict everybody that walks in and votes in somebody else's name doesn't mean that that's not happening, and there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that it is happening," Iler said.

Washington seemed split on her stance.

"I think it's a good thing if it's done properly, if it's done orderly and it does not disenfranchise people, but it's going to cause us to have to put some money behind the effort of enforcing it," she said.

Next in the political forum were Senate District 8 candidates, incumbent Republican Sen. Bill Rabon and his Democratic opponent Danny Hefner. Among their debated topics were beach renourishment and whether the state should foot the bill.

Both agreed the state should provide the funds. Sen. Rabon says it's vital that the state legislature realizes the importance of our beaches.

"Inlet dredging is, of course, should be a part of the transportation budget," Sen. Rabon said. "We can take the sand from the inlets and put it on the beaches."

Hefner had a different take.

"We need to work on placing finger jetties at the heads of these Outer Banks islands so that they capture the sand naturally," he said. "That is it. A finger jetty."

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