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Texas House District 64 candidates debate

Texas House District 64 candidates debate

April 21
02:51 2016

Jynn Schubert | Staff Writer

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Lynn Stucky and Read King were met with generic political questions at a candidate forum hosted by the Denton Republican Women’s Club Wednesday, about a month away from the runoff election to decide who will win Texas House District 64 for the Republicans.

Republican Read King stands with his wife Laura King. ReadKing.net

Read King stands with his wife Laura King. Courtesy | ReadKing.net

About 50 people showed up to hear candidates answer questions about term limits, campaign funding and community engagement. Neither of the candidates have legislative experience, and one person there asked about the learning curve Stucky and King face should they win this runoff election and beat Democratic candidate Connor Flanagan.

“I’d say my experience uniquely qualifies me to do that,” King said. “I love hearing people say, ‘as a freshman legislator, you’re not going to get something done.’ I’ve got seven years of experience down there.”

Stucky answered along the same lines.

“There’s no ‘I’ in team,” she said. “It is extremely important in every team I’ve been apart of, you don’t have an ‘I’, you have a team. How can I be effective right off the bat?”

The DRWC got the candidates together to debate and clarify their campaign aspirations.

Courtesy | Lynn Stucky

Lynn Stucky Courtesy | Lynn Stucky

Stucky and King were each given two minutes to respond to questions from people at El Guapo’s following a buffet lunch. The candidates answered six of the attendees’ questions during the 30-minute forum.

“They really need to be longer, so that you can really get more detailed information instead of just glossing over to the highlights,” DRWC member Jayne Howell said. “There are so many topics and facts that we really need to learn about the candidates that you can’t learn in fifteen or twenty minutes.”

DRWC group president Michelle French said she hopes more people will participate in future forums. French is also the Denton County tax assessor and collector.

“It’s an important position, and we wanted to give our attendees every option to learn more, ask some questions and hear more from their candidates,” French said.

Both candidates recommended voters check the Texas Ethics Commission website to see who is funding the state’s politicians.

According to campaign finance reports, King received money from political organizations and interest groups outside District 64.

“I have to admit, I have not run the numbers since the primary, but when I ran the numbers and looked at all three of us who were in the race, I had almost as many individual donations – not the corporate or the associations but the individual donations as the other two candidates combined,” King said.

King also mentioned that just because he may get donations from certain groups, does not mean he agrees with all of their stances on popular issues.

“Will I answer the call when they call?” King said. “Absolutely, I’ll answer the phone when anybody calls while I’m representing District 64. Endorsements are more of a one way than a two way street that say [corporations] support the candidates not that the candidates support them all the time.”

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