AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Five candidates running for Alabama state offices gathered Tuesday night at the Auburn chamber of commerce to answer questions asked by east Alabama residents.
The event was hosted by The Christian Coalition of Alabama in association with the Patriots of Liberty Tea Party of Auburn-Opelika.
"There are so many undecided voters right now. Even incumbents, many are not recognized as well, so we want the incumbent well as the challengers to have a good chance of meeting the public and helping get the undecided to know more about these candidates," explains Christian Coalition of Alabama President, Dr. Randy Brinson.
The panel included Sandy Toomer, candidate for House District 79; Tim Sprayberry, candidate for senate district 13; incumbent Senator Gerald Dial of District 13; Andy Carter, candidate for Senate District 27 and incumbent State School Board member, Betty Peters.
All candidates shared common views including being against Common Core, or a set of academic standards students should know and be able to do and the end of each grade.
"Eighteen percent of our kids that graduated from high school today go to college and have to take remediation courses. What does that do to mom and dad? What does that do to the student? It puts them behind and cost them more money," explains Dial.
"We have a lot of students that come out of our high schools and don't know the basics. They don't know the basics in math, they don't know the basics in reading," says Peters.
Candidates also commented on the need to attract new business to the state and putting a stop to sexual assault in schools.
"We've got to start making a larger effort to being those jobs in," explains Carter.
"Report their colleagues that are committing those acts and prosecute them to the fullest. The laws are on the books, we just have to change the culture," says Sprayberry.
All residents are encouraged to vote Tuesday June 3rd in the Alabama primary elections.