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McClellan, Bowling face off over issues
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Seasoned political candidate Janice Bowling and former Vietnam helicopter pilot Rod McClellan squared off Tuesday in a political forum matching two of the Republicans vying for the open 16th District State Senate seat.The Senate seat is currently held by Eric Stewart, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais for his job in Congress.All four GOP candidates were invited to attend, but only McClellan and Bowling accepted the invitation to participate in the forum sponsored by Southern Standard and WCPI. It was held at WCHS.Bowling served as district director in Congressman Van Hilleary’s office and was then a candidate for that office in 2002 and 2004. She says her values of less government, lower taxes, pro life, and strong Second Amendment rights appeal to members of both parties.“Everybody has the responsibility in our form of government to study the issues and the values the candidates represent and then vote for your values,” said Bowling. “I don’t mind if a Democrat votes for me.”McClellan was a decorated Cobra gunship helicopter pilot in Vietnam.