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Brendan Kelly holds town hall at SIU

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CARBONDALE, Ill-- Brendan Kelly addressed students, faculty, and community members at a town hall meeting at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Thursday night. 

Dozens packed into a room at SIU to share their concerns about southern Illinois with the democratic challenger for Illinois' 12th Congressional district.

A major issue brought up at the town hall was how Kelly could improve the university, if elected. 

Jay Tally, a junior at SIU, said it's important to get to know where the candidates stand ahead of the November elections. 

"There's been some problems at the university, so if he can really gather some power to southern Illinois," said Tally. 

But others in the crowd, have already made up their mind on who they're voting for.

"I think Brendan will be magnificent when it comes to that personal touch that's needed for this district," said SIU alumnus, Roy Mazuchowski. 

Supporters say Kelly has their vote over Representative Mike Bost because Bost has avoided town hall meetings in the past. They say Illinois needs change.

Mazuchowski said, "It's time for new leadership its time for people to know that we need to go in a new direction." 

As for Tally, he hasn't made up his mind, but hopes people to do their job and vote. He said, "I believe people should get into it more cause this is really where change happens."

Representative Bost held a forum with farmers after a tour of Eckert’s Orchard in Belleville Wednesday. They discussed agriculture issues and ways to improve the farming industry in Southern Illinois.

Republican Representative Mike Bost faces Democrat Brendan Kelly and Green Party nominee Randy Auxier in this congressional race.

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