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State Senate race heating up in 21st District

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT)- The state Senate candidates say they want to create more jobs in the 21st district, 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, it all starts there. If you have a skilled workforce, more jobs come in,” Hacker said.

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

“This was a Christian national that was founded on ‘On nation under God’ and we’re leaving that and the moral and social decline that we’re having. That’s a concern to me,” Robinson said.

The race 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 your guns,” Robinson 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 on November 6th who will best represent them in the Kentucky Senate.

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