They represent different parties, but agree on a few things.
“The number one issue in the country right now is jobs and the economy.” Alabama U-S Representative Martha Roby said.
“I think job creating is a big issue for this area just like it does for all the other states.“ Democratic Candidate Therese Ford said.
U-s representative Martha Roby is up for re-election and Therese Ford is challenging her.
The latest figure from the State Labor Department shows Alabama’s unemployment rate stands at 8-point-three percent, higher than the national average.
“I believe that the government doesn't create jobs the private sector does and so we will continue to focus our attention on legislation that gets the federal government out of the way so the private sector can grow the economy.” Roby said.
“Passing the presidents' infrastructure bill is one good start on creating jobs for people to get back into work, even though it would be government money coming down, it’s still going to be private businesses that will be contracting to that. Job building...Fixing schools.” Ford said.
And with our country's debt reaching sixteen trillion dollars how do the candidates hope to tear that number down?
“I don't believe we can lower the deficit by just cutting spending, we're going to have to raise some revenues. I know people don't like to hear that but that’s the only balanced way. Too many people are going to be hurt if all we do is cut.” Ford said.
“We've offered real solutions about how to get this country on track and so we think with the change in the Whitehouse hopefully we will change this ship around.” Roby said.
But whichever candidate you choose, both encourage you to exercise your right to vote.
“I would ask on November 6th to be given the opportunity to continue to represent Alabama’s second district in congress. It’s a tremendous opportunity that I do not take lightly.” Roby said.
“And we have a system in our country of electing people to represent us, not anointing people to represent us. So I’m giving people the choice if they like what we have to say, they like what I stand for. I would appreciate their vote.” Ford said.
A vote that could decide, who represents you in Washington.
And again the day to vote for either representative Roby or Ford, is November 6th.