Democrats Square Off in 17th Congressional Debate

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Last minute calls and thank you’s are being made as three are still battling for the democratic party’s nod for the 17th Congressional District seat.

Just days before the primary – Cheri Bustos, Greg Aguliar and George Gaulrapp will face off in a debate Thursday night on WQPT at 5:30.  If nothing else, one thing all the candidates agree needs to be addressed is jobs creation.

They all agree that the budget deficit is a major issue to be addressed as well.  But the one thing that sets them all apart from each other is the about of money they have raised.

Bustos leads the other two in campaign funds by over $650,000.  She attributes her fundraising success to the message she delivers.

“We think our message resonates.   We have almost 3500 individual donors who are saying I believe in what you are trying to accomplish.”

Gaulrapp stated that he thinks fundraising is most important once the nomination is won.

Aguilar says though his bank in small, he’s proud that 98% comes from the district itself.

“It’s important that voters follow the money.   For too long we have been putting too much faith in high dollar candidates and we’ve been ignoring the real issues and who that candidate is.”

The debate is the first time that the three candidates will face off.  The primary will be held Tuesday and the winner will face the incumbent Bobby Schilling in November.