Herrera Heck butt heads at debate

first_imgLONGVIEW — Democrat Denny Heck came out swinging at Rep. Jaime Herrera, his Republican opponent in the 3rd Congressional District contest, during a face-to-face debate here Wednesday evening that drew an enthusiastic audience of 500 to Lower Columbia College.The audience leaned decidedly in Heck’s favor, cheering his digs at Herrera and calling out “answer the question” when she appeared less than responsive to questions posed by a three-member panel .The 75-minute debate at the college’s Wollenberg Auditorium, sponsored by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, was the second of two joint events the candidates attended Wednesday. The two earlier took part in a forum in Lacey sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.No face-to-face debate between the candidates will occur in Clark County, the 3rd District’s most populous county, although KGW will host both on its “Straight Talk” program, which will be broadcast Saturday.At the Longview event, Heck wasted no time attacking Herrera. Answering a question about how as a member of Congress he would create jobs in Cowlitz County, he said he would work to get credit flowing to small businesses, strengthen tourism at Mount St. Helens, boost development of the Port of Kalama, and “make sure Wall Street can never again game the system and bring this economy to its knees.”last_img