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    Sen. Joyce Elliott running for Congress 2nd District

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    Nevada County native Elliot hopes to create a medium for the people of Arkansas.

    "Finding a balance that is what makes the world click," says Elliot.

    Elliott represents District 33 in the Arkansas legislature. She hopes to bring her same ideals to the federal level.

    Ideals she says are crucial for the stability and recovery of Arkansas and the nation.

    We honed in on many topics with the senator beginning with her views on the death penalty.

    "I don't believe in the death penalty, but I respect that fact that some people do believe that the death penalty is the way to go. I just don't see myself or the government in a position to make those kind of really important decisions about taking a person's life," says Elliott.

    Next was gay marriage, in which Elliott says it's important to distinguish if gay marriage is something that the government should sanction or not.

    "I don't think we have any business telling churches what they have to accept and not accept, but I think we are in real trouble when we start making distinctions between you and me or anybody else because of somebody's sexual orientation," says Elliott.

    Another issue very important to many Arkansans is gun control and restrictions. The Nevada county native says she supports the second amendment, but says restrictions are a must.

    "The scourge of what has happened with guns, I think, has had a remarkably negative effect on our communities," Elliott says.

    And finally, the current debate over the health care overhaul. In its current state Elliott feels it is imperfect by all means but says it does have its advantages.

    "It is very much a good start, so I think the solution is we look down the road and look at how we can improve," says Elliott.

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