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NC 12th Congressional District candidates face off in debate


Candidates wanting to fill Mel Watt's 12th Congressional District seat debated at Johnson C. Smith University Wednesday night. All candidates showed up except for Leon Threatt.

It was a lively discussion as candidates talked about their solutions to end homelessness and joblessness for soldiers returning home from war.

"There should be nothing when they return," NC 12th Congressional Candidate Alma Adams said. "We should not do for them."

"Making sure their mind body and soul are well kept," NC 12th Congressional Candidate Malcolm Graham said. "So we need to make sure that those benefits and services are available to our veterans."

"I would give incentives to companies," NC 12th Congressional Candidate Curtis Osborne said. "That would be willing to hire people who used to wear uniforms."

The question was then asked what could be done to end gridlock in Congress.  The lone Republican candidate believes shrinking government is the answer.

"The more responsibilities you export to Washington," NC 12th Congressional Candidate Vince Coakley said. "And take away from we the people you will get gridlock."

The next topic was taking care of college students who graduate with debt.  Candidate George Battle wants to help graduates who want to work in struggling communities.

"If they chose to live and work in that area," Battle said. "For 5 years, then their loans would be forgiven."

Some voters were still undecided after the forum. They are having a hard time figuring out which candidate would get the job done.

"We need you to be a work horse there," Voter Sonia Graddick said. "And do what you said you were going to do.
It's all about the people."

Voters are anxious about getting representation for District 12.  They have had no voice on Capitol Hill since January. Early voting starts April 24th.  If a candidate doesn't get 40% of the vote, then there will be a runoff.

For more information on the candidates, here are their websites.

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