BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- The national debt, economy, Washington's spending, and taxes. Those are just some of the key issues are playing a critical roll in next week's presidential election.
Locally, the 13th congressional district candidates are also weighing in on their thoughts and plans if elected to congress.
13th Congressional District Republican Candidate Rodney Davis prides himself on a common sense approach to legislating. He says Washington is too polarized, but given his track record of working in a bi-partisan way, he believes he can help change that.
"I just released last week a list of mayors supporting my campaign. If you look through that list, there are a lot of democrats and republicans, so it proves in my past work experience, we've been able to work together and not just a republican solution or a democrat solution, but the right solutions," said Davis.
Davis says growing the economy is a top priority if elected, along with residents concerns over taxes.
"Businesses, job creators in this country, need certainty, they need to understand what their tax bill is going to look like and because republicans and democrats in Washington have failed to address the tax issue and extending our current tax rates permanently, all Americans won't know what their tax bill is going to look like at the end of this year," added Davis.
On the democratic side, Dr. David Gill, an ER Doctor, prides himself as having a real world mindset, something he believes politicians in Washington lack.
"I'm proud my campaign is not like that. I think we need people in Washington that are concerned with the well being of their neighbors, ordinary men and women," said Gill. "That's what drove me to become a physician and it's that same passion for looking out for the well being of everyday citizens that drives me to take this seat in Washington."
Gill believes politicians in Washington are funded by corporate America and only look out for the well being of Wall Street and not Main Street.
"When you've been living in this Washington DC like bubble, it really removes you from what's going on in people's lives, and I think it ultimately makes you less effective as a congressperson," said Gill.
But the two candidates do share one thing in common: that Washington has a spending problem.