The Republican incumbent for State Representative in District 4 faced off against his Republican opponent Thursday in the final League of Women Voters debate before the primary election.
Representative Lynn Bechler currently holds the seat that represents Caldwell, Livingston, Crittenden and portions of Christian County, and he is challenged in the primary by Fred Stubblefield. The two fielded many questions, including what they felt the biggest problem facing Kentucky is currently.
Representative Bechler says while it would be difficult to pinpoint the biggest problem, he says the adoption and foster care system continues to need improvement.
Stubblefield says infrastructure is a big issue in the state and the tax structure also needs to be redone to encourage economic growth.
Multiple topics were discussed during the debate, including tax reform, healthcare in Kentucky and funding for public and charter schools, and colleges and universities. Neither man supported raising the minimum wage, saying those jobs were intended to be beginning wages. Both men were against early voting in the state, especially the possibility of voting electronically through the internet.
Whoever wins the primary election will go on to face Democrat Abigail Barnes in the November general election.
Hear the debate in it’s entirety below: