NC Senate candidates face off

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — District 9 NC Senate candidates Republican Sen. Michael Lee and Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh faced off Wednesday making clear just how different the two candidates are.

Lee is a lawyer from Wilmington. Redenbaugh is a former Board of Education member.

The pair sparred on topics ranging from the environment to gay marriage.

Redenbaugh tried to tie Lee to NC Senate Republicans, though, Lee was only appointed to his office after the legislative session in Raleigh was complete and Sen. Thom Goolsby stepped down.

Both candidates kept their focus on bringing attention in Raleigh back to southeastern North Carolina.

“I’ve always had a passion for public service, whether I was in elected office or I was appointed, and giving back to a community which has really given so much to our family,” Lee said.

“It was time for me to stand up for our teachers so they don’t have to move to Texas to earn a living wage,” Redenbaugh said. “It was time for me to stand up for our film workers.”

District 8 candidates Republican Sen. Bill Rabon and Democrat Ernie Ward also debated tonight.

Ward attempted to push Rabon on his record in the state Senate over the past four years. Rabon stuck to his guns saying North Carolina has made considerable progress in that time.

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