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Fortenberry-Bolz 1st Congressional district debate

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 5:33 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2020 at 7:53 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Incumbent Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Democratic challenger, State Sen. Kate Bolz, held a debate Monday night.

The candidates are vying to represent Nebraska’s first Congressional district, which includes Lancaster and east Sarpy County as well as Dodge, Saunders, and Washington counties, among others.

Fortenberry and Bolz spared over voting records and their own bipartisan work. In opening statements Bolz painter herself as a supporter of public health care options in the midst of a pandemic. Fortenberry touted his favor for small businesses and American jobs. Much of the night’s conversation tied back to the pandemic.

Topics of rural America, education, and health insurance all garnered discussion about how the pandemic has changed day to day life. Fortenberry talked about his record of securing money to help rebuild after the Heartland Flood and what he does and doesn’t support in an additional COVID relief bill.

“Moving forward on a COVID relief package we need to stay with things that are about covid. Protecting our health care system, helping individuals and families, helping small businesses. Not adding all the extraneous Washington stuff that overly politicizes things is not right,” Fortenberry said.

Bolz talked about what she plans to do. From preserving the Affordable Care act to what she would do to help Americans get and keep a job. Bolz talked about how she views herself as bipartisan and how she would reflect that in her efforts to help Americans overcome financial hardship from this year.

“I think this is also an opportunity for us to create new opportunities in wind and solar energy, in broadband development, and invest in infrastructure. It is something that I agree with the Trump administration about that we need to move forward on and I think this right now is the right opportunity to do it. There is a lot of work to be done,” Bolz said.

Discussion on racial justice also on the table tonight. Bolz focused on her support of racial bias training, Fortenberry said he wants to work with law enforcement to make community policing safer and more inclusive.

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