McKoon, Roslund square off in Ga. Senate debate

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two candidates for local office faced-off in a showdown in Troup County today, October 6.

The public debate in LaGrange featured candidates from several races, including Josh McKoon and Brian Roslund.

It was a chance for residents of Troup County to better understand the platforms of candidates who they'll be voting for next month. The local chapter of the NAACP invited Republican candidate Josh McKoon and Democratic candidate Brian Roslund to the William J. Griggs recreation center in LaGrange to tackle the issues they consider the most important.  Josh McKoon currently holds the position, and he highlighted a plan to help people convicted of crimes re-enter society in a meaningful way that will help them leave their past behind.

"…to give folks a second chance who may have made a single mistake, to give them an opportunity to get back into society, to find a good paying job, and to rebuild their lives," said McKoon.

Brian Roslund said he would like to see more focus on programs inside state prisons that help rehabilitate inmates and he also mentioned ideas that he believes will help reduce unemployment.

"One of those ideas is that we need to do more to promote tourism in our region, and we can do that by investing in the tourist promotion for the state of Georgia- telling people about the natural, cultural, historical resources that we have, and bringing more people to district 29 to visit our attractions and help out our main streets," said Roslund.

State senator McKoon says he wants to see more equality in the way money is divided amongst Georgia school districts. He says there's plenty of money, but it's not spread evenly.

Roslund says his priority is to get jobs for the parents so that they can create a more stable environment for their children.

The winning candidate will represent district 29 in the state senate, which includes all of Meriwether and Harris counties, in addition to the southern half of Troup County and the northern part of Columbus and Muscogee County.

October 6 was the last day to register to vote in Georgia, so anyone who hasn't registered yet officially cannot participate in the November 2014 election.

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