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DES MOINES, Iowa–There were a few moments Wednesday night but the five Democrats running for governor largely avoided criticizing each other during their third and final debate, this one just six days before Tuesday’s primary election.

A few policy differences emerged among the candidates. Only former Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn and John Norris, former Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Vilsack, said they would repeal the Republican-led tax cuts that Governor Kim Reynolds had signed into law early in the day.

Only former registered nurse Cathy Glasson said she would opposed raising the states sales tax 3/8 of a cent to fund natural resources improvements. Voters already approved that back in 2010, but lawmakers have never implemented it.

The candidates also disagreed when it comes to drugs. All five Democrats want to expand the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Glasson was the only candidate to talk of legalizing personal use of recreational marijuana and taxing it to help the state’s finances.

Norris was, perhaps, the most critical of the race’s presumed front-runner Fred Hubbell, a Des Moines businessman. Hubbell has criticized the tax cuts but hasn’t called for fully repealing it. Norris offered Hubbell advice during the debate, “Be cautious about being against that tax cut before you were for it. That will be a difficult position to both criticize it and defend it in this (general) election, if you get there.”

Hubbell responded that he would have vetoed the tax cuts–if he had been governor at the time–but acknowledged that he isn’t.  “You have to recognize that you’re governor of everybody, not just a few people. You have to recognize the pieces that are good and get rid of all the rest,” Hubbell said.

The debate was sponsored by KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The weather may be warm, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation, and those who run food pantries in the metro say right now, the need for donations is urgent; and your help is needed more than ever. The Des moines Area Religious Council says its Food Pantry Network has seen an increase in need, but donations have not kept up to meet that need.

“It`s a bit worrying,” said Luke Elzinga, Communications Manager for DMARC. “This year, the first four months we`ve seen so far, double digit increases every month compared to the same month last year. So, in January we had an 18 percent increase over January 2017, in terms of the people we`re serving.”

And if that trend continues, the consequences could be dire for community members who are in need of help.

“If they keep on going this way, we will eventually run out of food,” said Eileen Boggess, Executive Director of Urbandale Food Pantry. “You can`t keep on going and feeding people, if there aren’t the donations there to feed people.”