Candidates in tight House race debate issues

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(KSL News) Candidates in one of Utah's tightest races faced off last night.

Speaker of the House Greg Curtis and his challenger, Democrat Jay Seegmiller, discussed education, health care and the economy in last night's debate in Sandy. They also gave their ideas on ethics reform in light of recent ethics issues on Capitol Hill.

Seegmiller said, "I would definitely support having an independent ethics commission. I think it's hard to get a fair hearing if legislators are judging themselves."

Curtis said, "I think that we ought to have a commission that consists of minority and majority leaders of both bodies."

"It would be a seven-member panel, and then you would have the issue of some legislative members and then judges," he said.

Curtis is facing Seegmiller for the second time in a row. Two years ago, Curtis won by only 20 votes.

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