He also served on the House Education Committee during his time as a lawmaker. When asked if the educator-dominated committee has been a stumbling block for reform, Eldridge just recalled the committee room was too warm for his liking.
"It's very hot, for one. That's what stands out in my mind. The room's too little," he said.
Moffatt said he would like to serve on the education committee if he's elected. He said he would eliminate the state Department of Education to give more control to county boards of education.
"We need to work with our kids, but we need . . . to put the right teachers in the right classroom," he said.
The editorial board also asked candidates about their plans to fund the state's backlog of road construction projects.
Moffatt said lawmakers do not allocate 25 percent of the state's budget, and including that "slush fund" into the budget would pay for road projects.
Stowers said the Legislature should avoid any tax increases but could look at borrowing money through a road bond issue to pay for the projects.
"We need to give people the opportunity to say, 'Do we want to pay out of general revenue for maintenance and expansion of our roads?' If they say no, that's the people's will, and we'll have to look elsewhere," he said.
Johngrass again suggested cutting wasteful spending from the state budget. He also advocated building more casinos in the state.
"Even though people don't like casinos or gambling . . . people gamble all the time," he said. "If you don't like it, don't go in and do it."
Eldridge disagreed with Johngrass' idea about casinos but suggested the state could invest in coal gasification plants to increase revenue. He said the plants, which convert coal into liquid fuel, would increase the demand for coal and give the state a new product to export.