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Springfield Senate Race

Two candidates are vying for a chance to represent Springfield in the state senate. There's the incumbent, Republican Senator Norma Champion and her challenger, attorney Doug Harpool. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently spoke with both candidates and files this report.

The incumbent in this race is Republican Senator Norma Champion.

She says voters should give her another term because she's done a good job.

Champion's democratic opponent, former state representative and attorney Doug Harpool is critical of the changes to Medicaid Republicans approved and the governor signed into law.

Harpool says instead of cutting back the Medicaid rolls, lawmakers should've looked for ways to control healthcare costs.

He says he'd like more people to have health insurance...He says Missouri should look at what other states have done.

The cuts that Republican lawmakers approved were necessary, according to Champion.

She says without changes, the Medicaid system would've pulled large amounts of money away from other areas of the budget.

On education, the two candidates have different positions on legislation that would give tax credits for donations made to scholarships that would go to students in failing public schools. The students could then use those scholarships to go to private schools.

Opponents say the legislation amounts to a voucher system but supporters say it's a remedy for students in bad schools.

Harpool says the proposal will take money from public education.

Champion says she's open to discussing ways to help students escape schools that don't measure up.

One of the television ads running against Harpool criticizes him for a vote he made when he was a state representative from Springfield...He supported giving some state funding to the stadium in St Louis.

Champion says it's a legitimate issue.

Harpool responds to the criticisms raised in the ad.

Voters in Springfield will decide next Tuesday which candidate will represent them in the state Senate.