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Senger challenges Foster to four debates

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 2:54 p.m. CDT

State Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, the Republican candidate for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District seat, has challenged the Democratic incumbent for the 11th District, Bill Foster, to a series of four debates in September.

Senger said in a press release that voters in the district should be able to compare the candidates’ records on the crucial issues facing the country. She listed job growth and fiscal issues within government as probable topics for debate in the release, and she highlighted several honors awarded to her by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.

The Republican candidate accused Foster of being “unwilling to agree to a debate,” according to the release. In an emailed statement, Senger said, “Foster seems to be content to hide in the shadows and hope voters don’t notice he is missing in action.”

Foster’s campaign manager, Craig Belden, said in an emailed statement this was the first time Senger’s office had requested a debate and called allegations implying Foster’s refusal to debate “absolutely false.”

He also said Foster has been busy engaging with the district and cited a Big Brothers Big Sisters event and a Puerto Rican heritage festival as examples of constituent events.

“Bill Foster has always agreed that it is important to have the facts out on the table … and just like his other races, we will agree to debate at a time and place that works for both candidates,” Belden said in the statement.

If Foster agrees to Senger’s terms, two debates would be held in DuPage County and two in Will County.

The general election will take place in November.

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