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Senate District 22 candidates putt-putt over issues

Putt-putt skills aren't required for the position of Indiana State Senator but the two District 22 candidates chose to battle it out anyway.

Posted: Oct 8, 2018 7:10 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2018 7:12 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Sherry Shipley can win a game of putt-putt but can she take on incumbent Republican Senator Ron Alting in the race for District 22? 

Democratic candidate Sherry Shipley was hoping for more opportunities to debate Sen. Ron Alting this election season.

However, Alting only agreed to one and it was hosted by WBAA on Friday. 

Journalist Stan Jastrebski asked questions while the candidates played a game of putt-putt.

Jastrebski asked if both candidates felt one joint meeting was enough for the voters.

Shipley doesn't think so. 

"If we are really serious about transparency, I believe that extends to us standing before constituents, standing before voters, and taking those tough questions," said Shipley. 

"I am communicating with the constituents but it will be under my terms, not my opponent's," said Alting. "And what I'm doing is spending my concentration and my time knocking on doors, having one to one communication."

Both candidates encourage voters to ask them questions directly.

Alting and Shipley agree education is a number one priority this session.

However, Jastrebski asked what these candidates would do if they could change one Indiana law. 

"The first thing we've got to do is stop sending so much public money to private schools that have no accountability," answered Shipley. 

Senator Ron Alting said he would get rid of last second amendments to bills.

"That bill should go through a public hearing in a committee where the public has the opportunity to testify, go to second reading on the floor, go to third reading on the floor and then pass out of the chamber," said Alting. 

Jastrebski wanted to know their thoughts on a hate crime bill next session. Alting said he hopes to pass a version of the hate crime bill he's been co-authoring for the past 10 years.

"Indiana needs to step up to the plate and get that bill through this year and I look forward to doing that," said Alting. 

Shipley said she would sponsor a hate crime bill too. 

"I know that transgender Hoosiers are not always included in that bill so we want to make sure that all Hoosiers have equal protection under the law," said Shipley. 

Jastrebski wanted to know why the candidates thought voters should choose them. 

"First and foremost, the attitude as to why I want to be and continue to be a Senator. And that is strictly to make a difference to help people, all people," said Alting. 

However, Shipley thinks it's time for new ideas and more women at the Statehouse.

"The pink tax is a real thing. Taxes on diapers and tampons and sanitary pads because we have so many men in government who don't think in terms of women's' issues and when we have strong women we have strong families and strong families make for strong communities," said Shipley. 

Both hope to be champions for local government. Alting said he has a record to prove he can be.

"There's always been a push to take away their number one funding which is tiff districts and I'm the one who has went to the mic and has killed that," said Alting. 

No one knows how the race for this seat will end up but in the game of mini-golf, the score was pretty close.

"28 for Sherry, 30 for Ron," said Jastrebski. 

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