The showdown for the vacant seat in Congressional District 19 is heating up. After 18 years of service, Congressman Larry Combest is stepping down at the end of this week. And by this time next week, we'll know who will be replacing him.
This race started with 17 candidates. Then, earlier this month, you, the voters, whittled the field down to two. Tuesday, those final two, Republican candidate Mike Conaway and Republican candidate Randy Neugebauer, squared off for the first time in a live debate.
One of the first questions posed to both men was about the most important issue facing West Texas.
"The most important issues are this economy and jobs. District 19 will prosper if we can get new jobs here. These kind of jobs are created by the private sector," says Mike Conaway.
"Jobs for West Texas families. And, small businesses are the primary creator of jobs in West Texas. We're not fortunate to have a lot of very large employers here. And we have to make sure in America that we create an environment where small businesses can thrive and flourish," says Randy Neugebauer.
Tonight's debate also touched on issues ranging from health care to the farm bill. If you didn't catch the full debate, you can watch or record the rebroadcast on LISD-TV Cable Channel 12. It will re-air a number of times throughout the week and this coming weekend.