District 6 Republican primary candidates challenge opinions during debate
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Voters say a debate between two local Republican primary candidates Friday brought forward many local concerns that they want solved.
The debate was a first time for many to hear Skip Ogle's opinions and concerns as they challenged incumbent Matt Schaefer's.
"I think today's debate was a great opportunity for folks to hear the differences between the two candidates," Skip Ogle said. "I hope the takeaway is my respect and my reverence for this community so that we can put our community first; take that respect to Austin and defend what we have in our community and also work together to make Texas greater."
Schaefer and Ogle are running for the seat in the Texas House for District six; that represents most of Tyler and includes Chapel hill, White House and Bullard. Schaefer has held this position since 2012.
"I have a proven record of being conservative and I thinkthat resonates with East Texas when I go out and talk to people attheir doors and neighborhoods; we live in a very conservative community. Myrecord speaks to that," Schaefer said.
The two candidates say they're pleased with their responses to each topic during Friday's debate.
"I think when I was making my points the crowd connected with what I was saying and that was good," Schaefer said. "I was excited to get to talk about common sense conservative solutions that are within reach; things like giving more resources to our Texas DPS troopers on the border to restoring vocational training in our public schools so that young people are learning skills that will benefit them in life."
"I think the real issues are protecting our natural resources and we need a representative down there in Austin representing this entire community to be able to protect what we have in this community, like our natural resources; our water," Ogle said.
Schaefer will face Ogle in the Republican primary in March.