"We're just powering through," he said.
Vehrs is a retired nurse and the chair of the
"I think we are just barely keeping it band-aided together," she said. "I have never backed away from explaining that 'yes we need to increase revenue.' "
Volz, on the other hand, has said he will vote to lower taxes, while at the same time increasing funding for education. The chief deputy treasurer of
"On regulations, in general, I think there ought to be a sunset provision," he said.
That money, he said, could be repurposed to fund education, although he does think the education system in
"Something has got to change," Volz said. "If spending money were the answer we wouldn't be where we are at in terms of the results right now."
Another emphasis of Volz's campaign is bringing more jobs to
"Quite frankly in
Vehrs does support the minimum wage initiative, and said she won't back away from increasing taxes, although she said that wouldn't be her first option. She said she wouldn't support an increase in sales tax, but would support a capital gains tax, which targets investment earnings.
"I get so frustrated with the rhetoric, 'No matter what, no taxes,' " she said. "No, we are not overtaxed."
Both candidates expressed concern about the state of mental health services. Volz believes nonprofits and other nongovernmental agencies need to be more involved in the continuum of care. He supports lessening criminal penalties in an effort to divert patients from the court system and believes governmental agencies need to partner with nonprofits. Vehrs has a similar approach, although she would advocate for more funding for government agencies. She emphasizes her background as a psychiatric nurse.
Vehrs also is concerned with environmental degradation and wants to phase out the dependence on fossil fuels by increasing the use of wind and solar power. She supports more stringent safety measures for coal and oil trains traveling through
After Parker resigned his seat, five candidates entered the race, three of whom were
When Field failed to break through the primary scrum, Parker endorsed Volz.
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