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Political candidates answer public's questions

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A candidate forum giving those running for state and local offices a chance to speak directly to the public happened at Lawton City Hall Tuesday night.

Each candidate was given five minutes to introduce themselves before fielding questions from the local community members in attendance. The event featured candidates from House districts 62 and 64, as well as the race for Comanche County Commissioner in district 2 and Lawton City Council Wards 3 and 4. Thomas Leon is a Lawton citizen who came out to the event Tuesday and said he was excited to hear what the candidates have to say.

"I hope to hear that someone is going up to the House of Representatives or Senate to think about the people. The people are the most important. People put them in office,” Leon said.

Voters asked questions on a wide range of topics, including marijuana legalization, veteran’s affairs and what can be done to make Lawton a better place to live, which Leon said he is firmly behind.

"I think Lawton, Oklahoma has a lot of potential out there. A lot of it. If people want to take it and go for the gold, you know what I mean? That's what I'm looking for. Make Lawton a better place, let the kids go to school,” Leon said.

The forum focused solely on local issues, so candidates and audience members were not allowed to offer their opinions on the Presidential race.

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