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Candidates for State Representative, 8th District, Position One, Face Off

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- It's just two days away from ballots going in the mail, meanwhile candidates are defending their parties.

"I think running as a Democrat we will have access to the majority party," said Carol Moser, Democratic Candidate for State Representative, in the 8th District, Position One.

"We have a governor who says no drilling off my shore while I'm in office, well I say then get out of office," said Brad Klippert, Republican Candidate, for State Representative, in the 8th District, Position One.

For Klippert some of the biggest issues facing the county and the state are the following.

"We need to balance out state budget, because that affects the budget across the whole state of Washington," said Klippert.

"I want to take a tough stand against the crime in our community, because we have some real significant issues with drugs and illegal gangs, this needs to stop," said Klippert.

For Moser, it comes down to the economy.

"We really need to concentrate on diversifying our economy, because we're really reliant right now on retail sales, property taxes, business occupation taxes, and we need other forms of revenue to try to supplement the revenue that are coming into the state," said Moser.

One issue both candidates agree on is the WASL.  

"It's entirely too expensive, it's entirely too time consuming, it just needs to go," said Klippert.

"It's inefficient, it's not timely, I think there are better assessment methods," said Moser.

On the environment, here's some of what both candidates had to say.

"When you try to attach a car tax emissions, we're going down the wrong road, we're creating funding from a source we shouldn't be creating funding from," said Moser.

"Was it your cars and your carbon emissions that caused the ice age to go away? No , I don't think so. It's a cyclical pattern, we need to fight this garbage that governor Gregoire is trying to shove down our throats," said Klippert.

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