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Candidates must take time to come here

With so much on the table in the debate for the governor’s seat in Texas, we find ourselves looking at one overarching issue as the biggest and most important.
The fight to push Texas’ unemployment rate down, back into a more comfortable 5-6 percent range, is probably the most important issue on the table in this country, much less in the state.

With other states in positions similar to Texas if not worse (California, for example), we know good and well that jobs are going to be a key factor in the race for those gubernatorial campaigns raging around the country these days.

The biggest public debate in the race for our governorship — a race clearly dominated by three candidates flagging themselves as members of the GOP — seems to be finding a unique identity. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Gov. Rick Perry and Debra Medina are gaining more and more of the attention of the media and the public, and a dishearteningly small amount of the conversations has to do with their positions on issues.

Gamesmanship is alive and well with this race already, with truth muddled with lies and half-truths to confuse the people as they head toward the March 2 primary. We have scant time to get to the heart of the issues that are important to us in this state.

Ennis has had no major stops by the two “mainstream” candidates vying for the governor’s mansion, with only newcomer Debra Medina making a stop here. Her grassroots-level campaign has gained momentum because of the strategy of hitting small communities like ours, but the others in the running for the job are focusing on larger areas with more money in play.

That doesn’t mean Ennis and Ellis County aren’t an important hub of voters in this state.

We want to see the other candidates in this race acknowledge that fact — instead of spending so much time fighting to make themselves stand out among the crowd, spending time visiting their constituents might serve as a better tool for gaining our votes in the end.

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