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Local candidates square off in Liberty Hall debate

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:33am

Monday night at the Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler, local candidates had the chance to voice their positions in a public debate.

There were four debates , preceded by other candidates who had the opportunity to address the crowd.

The night's debates were between candidates for Smith County Judge, along with County Commissioners in precincts four and two, highlighted by the race for State Representative for District six between incumbent Matt Schaefer and challenger Skip Ogle.

The debate covered topics such as transportation, education and being an affective leader.

Ogle challenged Schaefer, stating he is not the strong leader East Texas deserves, while Schaefer cited his ability to work within the system to get things done for the area.

When it comes to roadways, representative Schaefer feels the state needs to operate within its means, not raising taxes or borrowing money.

Ogle does not believe in raising taxes either but did say the state needs to take more initiative in building new roadways, commending Toll 49.

On education, Schaefer is a staunch supporter of vocational schools, but Ogle challenged Schaefer, saying he did not support the Tyler ISD bond, which Ogle says helps students achieve vocational goals.

Schaefer claimed he has never made a public opinion concerning the TISD bond, because he believed that was a private matter.

But through it all, both made the claim they were the right conservative choice for East Texas.

Early voting starts February 18th and runs through the 28th, the official date for primary elections is March 4th.

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