Candidates running for state office got a chance to take part in a forum at a luncheon, sponsored by the Smith County Republican Women. The four Senate candidates for District 3 were on hand, along with State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and his opponent, former City of Tyler Councilman, Gus Ramirez.
Berman and Ramirez discussed issues such as taxes and school funding and why they want your vote. "I want to serve a fifth term because I'm in line for a committee chairmanship. I'm in seniority for House Appropriations Committee and I'm also in seniority for republican leadership throughout the state," said Berman.
"There are so many issues. I could give you a bogus answer but I don't want to do that," said Ramirez. "I have to look at everything and come up with a solid, concrete answer for right now, for tomorrow and in the future. But I don't want to leave any teacher left behind."
Berman made a pledge not to run after four terms. Ramirez says Berman should live up to his pledge. Election day is March 7th.
Oralia Ortega reporting, firstname.lastname@example.org