RECAP: Controversial state issues addressed at Alabama 3rd Congressional District Debate

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Both Democratic candidates answered questions on controversial topics like Medicare reform, school safety, and retention in education during the Alabama Congressional Debate hosted by WTVM/WXTX.

"Healthcare is the number one issue for those in this district---their cost of healthcare and whether or not they're going to lose their healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid here in the state of Alabama. The second thing is education---the quality of education for their kids and access to equal education for their children," said Mallory Hagan.

"It's time that we come up with a system where all Americans are covered, not just some. Healthcare is not an issue that should be based on your income level. Everyone is entitled to healthcare and health insurance. As far as education goes. We have to look at how we need to look at how we budget for education," explained Adia Winfrey.

Each candidate was given an opportunity to answer questions from the community on their campaign and what makes them the best candidate to run against Republican candidate Mike Rogers.

"As a congressperson, the focus is on legislation and representation and I think I have the skills to do both. The other thing that I think is important is having a leader who the people can relate to. Someone who is connected to the people and I'm that leader," said Winfrey.

"I think it's incredibly important for people to have a representative who listens to them, who's door is open, who's available, and who takes their voice to Washington. I feel for 16 years, we haven't had that," explained Hagan.

The election is in June.

You can watch the full debate below.

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