Morgan, MN

2018 is shaping up to be the biggest year for Minnesota state politics in recent memory.

We have a Governor's race, two senate races, attorney general and a representative's race.

Thursday afternoon, candidates vying for Amy Klobuchar's senate seat gathered at Farmfest for a debate touching on topics that include the farm bill, immigration and other hot button issues.

"One of the things that I support with the Trump Tax bill is the Death Tax to get rid of it, rid of the Death Tax.  What that did was is if you own a farm and if you die and want to pass the farm along to your family they are going to get fleeced in taxes," said Republican Senate Candidate Jim Newberger.

"So future farmers of America are on the way.  We had 10 or 12 of them lined up here that are leaders in Minnesota right now.  I grew up on a farm in South Dakota and I'm a leader.  I'm a leader among children.  I'm a K–12 educator," explained Republican Senate Candidate Rae Hart Anderson.

"We do have to do more to encourage young people to go into farming," said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.  "Number one, we do have to make it easier for them to farm and that includes the work that I've done to decrease the amount you have to pay for crop insurance for younger farmers making it easier for them to graze their cattle."

Immigration has been one of the most talked about issues nationwide and the candidates gave their stance.

"We also need order at the border and the Senate integration bill put over $40 billion dollars for security at the border.  Why did it make sense fiscally?  Because it saved $150 billion dollars over ten years," said Klobuchar.

"I am working with immigrants all across the state, especially the Russian and Chinese communities, and one of the biggest complaints that I hear from these folks that are trying to do this legally is they are bumped in line by people who are being brought here as refugees.  The refugee resettlement program that Senator Kobuchar has rolled the red carpet out for needs to be stopped," said Newberger.

The primary will be held on August 14th to determine who is on the ballot come November.

--KEYC News 12