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Legislative candidates clash on budget, schools, government role

The six candidates vying for three seats in the Legislature representing Rim Country clashed on a range of issues centered on whether government can help create jobs and bolster schools — or should just get out of the way.

Four seek house seats

Improving education marked the top priority for the two Democratic District 5 House candidates at Tuesday’s Clean Elections debate, while financial accountability marked the Republicans’ most urgent call.


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