Democratic U.S. Senate candidates offer vision, talk policy at Boone Co. forum

05/03/2016 09:11 PM

FLORENCE — Democratic Party faithful in Northern Kentucky looked on in Boone County Monday night as Democratic candidates seeking the nomination in the May 17 primary delivered their vision for the state.

Nearly 100 people filled seats in the convening center at the Boone Co. campus of Gateway Community & Technical College for the forum which remained civil, and featured many of the candidates pushing to the left after multiple statewide races for Democrats have imploded with the candidates offering conservative planks to their campaigns.

The candidates in attendance: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Tom Recktenwald, Ron Leach and Sellus Wilder spoke for more than an hour and a half about the issues in the race with journalists from the Courier Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer and Pure Politics.

The candidates answered questions dealing with politics and how they’re voting in the May 17 primary, all but Wilder answered they support for Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as their thoughts on healthcare, the environment, criminal justice reform, President Obama’s two terms in office, social security, college affordability and foreign policy, among other topics.

Watch the first hour of the debate in the video below.

The second half of the debate is included in the video below.

Rory Houlihan and Jeff Kender are also competing in the six-person Democratic primary, but did not appear at Monday’s debate.

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