The two will face off in the Republican primary next month, and the winner will compete against the winner of the Democratic primary during the general election in November.
What is the biggest challenge facing
Young said he thinks the biggest challenge for
Ellis's answer was more specific.
"The biggest challenge we have is getting people back to work. We've seen an unprecedented event in our lifetime that many of us have never experienced. We're learning as we go. Unfortunately,
"In the immediate future, I'd like to focus on getting
With a state constitutional mandate to fund a uniform and adequate education for all
Ellis has been involved in
"We need to find a way to find a more sustainable funding model," said Ellis, lamenting the fact that past recalibration efforts have yielded little substantial change.
"I do think we need to tighten the belt on some of the higher-level administrator salaries. I don't support administrators making
Ellis added, however, that education and health work in tandem.
"If we're cutting
Young agreed with Ellis that he thinks some school administrators' salaries are too high, but added that "the last people who should suffer are classroom teachers and the quality of education we're providing our
Young, who is against raising any taxes, said he doesn't think any school needs "five principals" and that the teacher-student ratio is "for some reason seemingly manipulated for funding purposes."
Raising taxes, he said, is not the solution to fixing
Is it time for
Ellis, who has voted to further study Medicaid expansion, said she's seen -- and expects to keep seeing -- a strong reluctance in the Legislature to expand the program.
She stressed that Medicaid expansion is not a "cure all" for health care problems, as she believes it is sometimes portrayed.
Young said he's also concerned about the lack of health care education and exorbitant health care costs and wants to bring more insurance companies to the state to make the market more competitive.
However, he said he is not familiar enough with the subject of Medicaid expansion to provide an informed answer to that specific question, but "looks forward to investigating it more thoroughly."
Both Ellis and Young stood firmly against the idea of automatically sending out absentee ballots.
"A lot of people feel very secure and comfortable going to their polling place and voting on
"For those families who are traveling, for our members of the military, for people who are immobile or unable to get out of their homes, absentee ballots are an important way to participate. But at this time, I wouldn't support sending mass ballots out into the universe and assuming that's the will of the people."
Young said he'd be open to learning more about the data and merits behind expanding voting options -- and why LWV supports it -- but that at this time he would be "strongly opposed to any mass ballots being mailed out without further investigation. I just don't think in the big picture it serves the integrity of the ballots."
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