Preview of Democratic candidates in key elections

Democratic candidates are hoping for a blue wave to help them take over several key spots including governor, a seat in the U.S. Senate, and a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Jayne Raybould is facing off against Republican Deb Fisher for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Raybould has been campaigning on a platform of creating jobs, growing small businesses, protecting the states agricultural economy, and healthcare that protects people with pre–existing conditions.

Raybould says her business experience has shown her failure is not an option, a sentiment she plans to carry to the senate if elected.

“I’ve spent my entire career solving problems. I’ve dealt with operations so I have to have a plan A, a plan B, a plan C, and plan D means it’s done. I don’t have the luxury of not solving problems,” Raybould said.

In the governors race current state legislator Bob Krist is facing off with incumbent governor Pete Rickets.

Krist, a former republican, says he’s not focused on party lines, but instead working together to tackle some of the states key issues like property tax relief.

If elected Krist says he’ll leave the issue up to local governments, “I am all about local control where you can’t keep saying it without doing something about it and doing something about it means leaving those tax dollars there for the local governments, counties in particular, and school boards.”

Jessica McClure, a chemist turned lawyer, is running for a seat in the U.S. House of representatives, a seat currently held by republican Jeff Fortenberry.

If elected McClure would be the first democrat to hold the first district seat in 54 years.

McClure’s main campaign issue has been healthcare– a focus inspired by her daughter who has a pre–existing condition.

“I remember what it was like before the ACA and if you had a diagnosed condition it was hard to get coverage sometimes and i didn’t want to go back to that,” McClure said. 

Each of the democratic candidates know they face an uphill battle, but each has said they plan on fighting to the finish.

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