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House candidates debate for southern Illinois' 12th district seat

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Three candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives 12th District seat debated at the Marion, Illinois Cultural and Civic Center on Wednesday.

The candidates were Democrat incumbent William "Bill" Enyart, Republican Mike Bost, and Green Party Paula Bradshaw.

During the debate, candidates answered questions regarding a wide array of topics -- the ebola outbreak, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), education, student loans, and the Affordable Care Act.

“We would really like to know what each person represents," Claudette Clark said, a Marion resident.

Kevin Starr from Anna, Ill. said he is looking for a candidate that will bring jobs back to southern Illinois.

“Instead of continuing to ship jobs overseas," Starr said.

The candidates talked about the issues at times, often going past their allotted time.

Bradshaw said she was anti-fracking.

Enyart and Bost both said they were for fracking, if federally controlled.

The candidates also attacked one another -- Bost and Enyart criticized each other the most.

Bost said the one issue he agreed with Enyart on was making student loans more affordable.

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