15th District State Representative Brent Yonts and his challenger Marshall Prunty debated the ultrasound bill, same sex unions and energy, but most questions centered on money, from taxes to pension funding. Yonts says tax and pension reform are needed, but a big priority is the future of our state.
Prunty says education is important, but you also have to look at employing those people.
Prunty was clear there are ways to solve Medicaid issues, but none are really government options. His personal suggestion is privatization. Representative Yonts says they are currently working on affordable healthcare legislation and revamping the Medicaid system.
The two did agree on returning felons’ rights after they have served their time, refunding the juvenile drug courts and the fact that Kentuckians are overtaxed.
Meanwhile, candidates for the Christian County Board of Education District 1 and District 2 seats talked about all things school related. District 1 candidate and former school board member Sara Shepherd says there are hard choices to be made when you are on the school board, but she is willing to make them.
Clayton Boyd, who is also running for the seat currently held by Sheila Cottrell, says he wants to serve to make the district a better place for the children.
The two agree that several measures in recent years have been good for the district including high quality curriculum and the accountability increases.
District 2 School Board member, Betsy Glover says she wants to continue serving the county, especially with the hard choices of moving boundaries coming in the near future.
Her challenger, Teresa Moss, who has served as an educator in several states, says the district needs to work towards smaller class sizes and if redistrict helps, she is all for it.
While the two do not have very different views on the issues, they do have different ideas of how to implement transparency, safety in the schools, food programs and achievement gap strategies.
Full audio of all three debates can be found on the news page at wkdzradio.com and oldies1480.com.