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Congressional candidates debate issues at Naples forum

Congressional candidates debate issues at Naples forum

By Julie Salomone. CREATED Apr 24, 2012

NAPLES- One of the campaign's most competitive local races is in the spotlight tonight in Naples. Candidates running to replace Congressman Connie Mack are all in the same room to defend their positions on several issues.
Eight candidates are coming together at the First Baptist Church on Tuesday night. All of them are fighting for the newly drawn 19th district that includes all of Lee County and parts of Collier County.
On Tuesday, the candidates running for Congress are taking a stance on several hot button issues.

"There's a group of about 25 questions, most of them are polarizing issues. Some questions are about the legalization of marijuana, another about fair tax," said  Joe Davidow, candidate.

Candidates running include 2 current state Representatives, Gary Abuchon and Paige Kreegel.

"I've represented Southwest Florida in the state legislature for the last 8 years. That has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I'm running for US Congress because I want to continue to represent neighbors, my friends in Southwest Florida," said Paige Kreegel, candidate.

Other candidates also include Trey Radel who left his job in radio to run for Congress.

"I promise you, I'll never vote to raise the debt ceiling. I'll never vote for a bailout," said Radel to the audience.

Radel is also married to our Fox 4 Anchor Amy Wegmann. Chauncey Goss wants the district 19 seat too. He's the son of Porter Goss who worked as a Congressman and CIA Director.
The other candidates include Joe Davidow, Byron Donalds, Brian Owens and Jim Roach.

One of the questions up for debate is about the illegal immigrants. All the candidates said they wouldn't allow any illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.

"It's the situation in this country with 11 million illegal aliens. It's time to seal the border," said Paige Kreegel, candidate.

Candidates also answering questions about social security reform, legislation that would remove federal restrictions on drilling for oil in every state and the legalization of marijuana.

Julie Salomone
Fox 4