Incumbent Jim Bolin broke party lines this legislative session, choosing not to support Governor Dennis Daugaard's education proposals.
A teacher himself, Bolin calls the legislation, which includes merit pay for teachers and bonuses for math and science degrees, a "power play in Pierre."
His Democratic opponent, Ann Tornberg is also a retired teacher.
She says the legislation, which narrowly passed this year, needs to be completely repealed.
She also wants funding restored to education and supports a one-cent sales tax to do so, which Bolin does not.
"The most egregious, I think as a teacher, is the fact that every teacher from now on, their evaluation would have to based half on student test scores, and the other half on their evaluator," said the Beresford Democrat.
"The reason I voted against is that I don't think it's needed in South Dakota. It's unnecessary. We have above average test scores, below average drop out rates, we have a lot of public support for our schools," explained Bolin, a Republican from Canton.
They may represent different political parties, but the pair agree on something else, that Bolin should be reelected.
District 16 voters will chose two candidates for the state house. Tornberg endorsed Bolin Tuesday night. Bolin said he was shocked.
Incumbant Patty Miller is also running for reelection. The Republican was unable to attend tonight's forum due to illness.
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