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Ernst, Smith focus on social, economic issues

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Senate District 48 candidates, Democrat Ruth Smith, at the podium, and Republican Joni Ernst, seated, answer questions during Tuesday’s candidate forum held at Southwestern Community College. KSIB's Ben Walter moderates the event.

After a fall season of political tension and heated name-calling, it was refreshing to see two female candidates be respectful toward one another, as well as sticking to their views and beliefs.

Iowa Senate District 48 candidates Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Ruth Smith participated in a candidate forum Tuesday night at Southwestern Community College.

The event, sponsored by Creston News Advertiser and KSIB radio, had nearly 60 people in attendance.

There is a special election scheduled for Jan. 4 to elect a candidate to fill the Senate seat of Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Reynolds.

Senate District 48 covers the counties of Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Montgomery, Ringgold, Taylor and Union.

While both Ernst and Smith agreed there needs to be a better vision for Iowa, the two had different ideas on how to get there.

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One of the prescreened forum questions dealt with the merit selection of Iowa Supreme Court judges and retention votes. This question also dealt with the issue of allowing a marriage amendment to come to the floor of the Senate.

• Read more of this story in the Dec. 15 edition of the Creston News Advertiser.

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