Governor candidates host public forum

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Wyoming's governor candidates hosted a public forum Thursday in Cheyenne.

One of the more heated topics was education funding and republican Mark Gordon believes there are ways to effectively reduce education costs.

"The school boards need to have not only more jurisdiction and opportunity, but more accountability and that really rests both with the superintendents of those school systems and with the boards to make sure they set their budgets appropriately," Gordon said.

Democrat Mary Throne has different ideas. She says reducing funds for education is not the way to boost the system, but that funds need to be distributed appropriately.

"But the formula for determining how much money they get comes from the state of Wyoming and then the school boards can decide how to spend it. But it costs a lot more money in Claremont or Meeteetse than it does in Cheyenne," Throne said.

Other topics included health care and economic diversification.