State senate candidates meet face to face at voter forum

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WILX) - Two candidates running for a state senate seat are in a dirty battle launching attack ads.

Thursday Republican State Representative Tom Barrett and Democrat Kelly Rossman McKinney met face to face in Eaton County for a candidate forum.

News 10's Cryss Walker was there as the opponents faced voters.

“I think that I have a unique voice to bring to the legislature on veteran issues”, said Barrett.

Voters came out to Charlotte High School to learn more about Eaton County candidates.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney also took to the podium.

“It’s really why I’m running and that is the partisan bickering, the failure to get along”, Rossman-McKinney told the crowd.

Charlotte resident Michael Ranville told Cryss Walker he supports Rossman-McKinney because he’s attracted to her resume.

“I think it's time it changed hands and changed parties”, Ranville explained.

“It's long overdue. She knows what it means to meet a payroll and I think that's critical for somebody coming into the legislature.”

Eaton County resident Dennis Dann said he wants to see Tom Barrett represent the 24th district.

“Knowing that Tom Barrett has come along and said we need to keep taking care of veterans, we need to keep the cost down and we need to be listening to the voters… and that appealed to me”, Dann said.

Voters will make their decision at the polls Tuesday, November 6th.

Republican Senator Rick Jones represents the 24th district.

He can't seek re-election because of term limits.