With the election just more than a week away, Les Seiler and Marvin “Butch” Hughes presented their case to represent District 33 in the state Legislature during a forum Friday.
The seat currently is held by Seiler, who was appointed to the position in January after Sen. Dennis Utter’s unexpected death in December 2011. Hughes, a local businessmen, is Seiler’s challenger.
In the May primary, Seiler finished with 4,174 votes and Hughes had 1,263 votes. They were the only two candidates to run and both advanced to the Nov. 6 general election.
While both are registered Republicans, they clashed on a few topics at Friday’s forum.
Voter identification was a topic the two held differing views.
Seiler said that while in the Legislature, a bill that would require voter identification was not passed because the requirements would alienate a large number of voters.
“You have to read the bill very carefully,” he said. “When you get a bill that is knocking out a huge amount of people that can vote because they don’t have a driver’s license, I take a dim view of that.”