The candidates for the 52nd House District seat say their top priority in Springfield would be improving the state’s economic climate, and yet social issues like abortion at times have taken center stage in the heavily contested race.

Whereas Republican David McSweeney’s negative attacks on opponent Dee Beaubien mainly attempt to align here with Chicago political bosses intent on raising taxes, the independent candidate counters by shining a spotlight on what she labels McSweeney’s “extreme views,” particularly regarding abortion.

“The government has no role when it comes to personal choice,” Beaubien said. “This is the big thing that really distinguishes me from my opponent.”

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