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Illinois 12th Congressional District candidates spar in Carbondale debate

IL 12th candidates Mike Bost, Randy Auxier and Brendan Kelly participated in a 90-minute debate earlier this week in Carbondale.
Joseph Bustos | Belleville News-Democrat

One of the most competitive congressional races in the country is Illinois’ 12th Congressional District. The district includes a significant portion of the metro-east including all of St. Clair, Monroe and Madison counties as well as part of Madison County.

Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is running for re-election against St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, D-Swansea, and Randy Auxier, SIU-Carbondale professor and Green Party candidate.

The three candidates met this week for a 90-minute debate sponsored by WSIU, the Belleville News-Democrat and the Southern Illinoisan.

Friday’s St. Louis on the Air included excepts of the debate.

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Alex HeuerEvie HemphillLara Hamdan and Xandra Ellin give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

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