DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- The public got the chance to hear from the Texas House District 62 candidates, discussing education issues facing Grayson, Fannin and Delta Counties.
With just a little more than a month left before the primary, hundreds of voters and educators packed into the Grayson College auditorium Thursday night to hear from the five candidates for state rep.
"We hope that the public will get to know a little bit about the educational issues facing our area," Denison ISD Board President Randy Sedlacek said.
All five candidates were asked about school choice programs with a focus on vouchers, school funding, accountability with a focus on standardized testing and the teacher retirement system.
Republicans Kevin Couch and Reggie Smith are both against the voucher system.
"They hurt the poor school districts and they bring more entitlement to the large suburban area, we do have an obligation to fund our school system," Couch said.
"We can't afford a voucher system on public education right now, who's going to keep an eye on the $7,500 check that gets sent to somebody," Smith said.
Republican Brent Lawson said he's for vouchers.
"When a parent sees their child struggling in the education situation that they are in, that parent has a responsibility to try to help that child get the best education possible," Lawson said.
Another topic the candidates addressed: school funding.
Democrat Valerie Hefner and Libertarian David Schaab talked about what reforms they jwould implement.
"They're tired of renting their property from the various taxing entities, I would be moving to a transition to some sort of consumption tax to get away from the property tax," Schaab said.
"We need to shift more of this responsibility from the property taxes to the state, it's the legislators' responsibility," Hefner said.
To see all of the candidates' answers, click on the related link.
The primary election is March 6. Election day is Nov. 6.