Gubernatorial candidate Tom Schieffer on the campaign trail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The upcoming governors race features Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Gov. Rick Perry facing off for the republican ticket.

On the other side, democratic candidate Tom Schieffer is campaigning across East Texas. A staunch advocate of education, Schieffer told East Texas News continual education is necessary.

"I'm worried that Texas is falling behind, when I was the ambassador of Japan I realized how competitive Asia is and I worry that if we don't have a better system of educating our children that we're not going to be able to compete in the 21st century," said Schieffer.

Schieffer hopes to get children as young as 3 and 4 in the classroom to climb the education ladder. His next stop on the campaign trail will be Austin and Houston.

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