21st District state Senate race heats up

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The state Senate race is heating up in Kentucky's 21st District. The candidates say they want to create more jobs, but they have very different ideas about how to accomplish that.

Democrat Amie Hacker says investing in education is the answer.

"That is my top priority. I believe if you have quality education for your children, that you, it all starts there. If you have a skilled workforce that more jobs come in," said Hacker.

GOP candidate Albert Robinson says social issues are just as important as economic growth.

"This was a Christian nation that was founded one nation under God and we're leaving that, and the moral/social decline that we're having, that's a concern to me," said Robinson.

In what has become a heated campaign to replace Republican Tom Jensen, who is not seeking another term in the state Senate, both candidates have exchanged barbs in recent weeks, trying to convince voters that theirs is the greater vision for the 21st District.

Robinson has tried to tie Hacker to President Obama and the Democratic leadership, which he says is pushing a radical social agenda.

"They stand for same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, job-killing tactics, anti-God, and taking away of your guns," he said.

Hacker says the allegations are simply not true.

"They make it look like I am on the ticket with Obama. It looks like I am running for vice president. I'm running for the state Senate seat. The presidential ballot has nothing to do with me," Hacker said.

It will be up to 21st District voters to decide who will best represent them in the Kentucky Senate.

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