First Congressional Seat Candidates Debate

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Candidates for the First Congressional seat were focused on rural issues Monday in Fremont.

A candidate forum featured Republicans Greg Ruehle, Bob Van Valkenburg, Jeff Fortenberry, and Curt Bromm along with Democrats Matt Connealy, Phil Chase and Janet Stewart.

The candidates were peppered with questions about the Farm Bill, the trade policy impact on agriculture, the federal role in water use regulations and how the candidates would protect the influence of rural communities.

Ruehle and Connealy added that the Farm Bill would be a priority for whoever takes the seat soon to be left empty by U.S. Representative Doug Bereuter.

Bromm says there is also a need to encourage livestock production and opportunities for young people who can't afford to buy thousands of acres of land.