Sullivan, Koehler gear up for debate

By Audrey Williams

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- We are just 5 weeks away from the 2012 general election. Locally, the 46th district state senate race is heating up and is expected to be very close.

The newly re-drawn district includes Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Bartonville, Glasford, Canton, and Farmington.

Democrat Dave Koehler is seeking another 4 year term after already serving 6 years in the district. He said he has had to make a lot of tough decisions during his time in office and he is ready to keep moving the state forward.

His opponent, Republican Pat Sullivan, has never served in office. Sullivan believes his experience as a businessman in Central Illinois would be an asset to the General Assembly as lawmakers work to find a solution to the state's fiscal woes.

We asked each candidate what three areas they would most like to focus on if elected.

"Job creation and business development, fixing the state's financial problems and number three continuing the fund our infrastructure needs," said Senator Koehler.

Sullivan said, "We have to change the direction of what these guys are doing and spending, taxing and spending, taxing and spending. We have to bring back business. We have to work on workman's comp, we're higher than anybody around us."

Want to learn more about each candidate's platform?

Koehler and Sullivan will face off during a debate Wednesday night on WEEK at 7 p.m.

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