Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera sparred today in Lacey over the best way to revive the nation’s economy in a well-attended forum devoted to their 3rd Congressional District race.
Neither covered new ground, and many who showed up for the Thurston County Chamber-sponsored event were not swayed. But the candidates did have a lively discussion – on everything from the economic stimulus passed by a Democratic Congress to each candidate’s biggest mistake in life.
Herrera said her error was use of credit cards as a young adult, and Heck had second thoughts about how well he’d fathered his two adult sons. On the large campaign issues, the candidates were just as clear.
Heck pounded home the message that his top priority is jobs – including changes to the tax code to remove a tax deduction that, he says, businesses can get for the expense of relocating U.S. manufacturing plants overseas. The politician-turned-entrepreneur said he wants “to get credit flowing, fix the tax code, invest in energy and move toward a clean energy economy.”
Herrera, who has taken positions against all major policy initiatives Democrats adopted in the past 18 months in Congress, said her top priorities are “jobs, jobs, jobs.”