Four of the six candidates for Sedgwick County Commission met at a Thursday night forum sponsored by Rental Owners Inc., a Wichita landlord association.
The candidates agreed, for the most part, on most issues brought up during the forum at the Civitan Community House, 901 Porter.
But Jim Skelton, the Republican candidate for the District 5 seat, strayed from the group when he said the county eventually is going to have to expand the Sedgwick County Jail.
"At some point in the future, I think we're going to have to build," he said.
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The other candidates said it was cheaper for Sedgwick County to send its overflow inmates to other jails.
There was some disagreement among the candidates on the use of tax-increment financing and other forms of tax breaks to encourage private development.
"If used properly, if done the right way, it is a good thing," said Oletha Faust-Goudeau, the Democrat challenger for District 4 seat.
"In certain cases, they do provide benefits," Skelton added.
But Gwen Welshimer, a Democrat seeking to retain her District 5 seat, said she had reservations about the process.
"I don't like it," she said. "It keeps going a little further and a little further and a little further."
Richard Ranzau, Republican candidate for the District 4 seat, was more adamant in his opposition. He said the tax breaks were tools for the "politically connected."
The two candidates for the District 1 seat, incumbent Republican Dave Unruh and Democratic challenger Betty Arnold, were unable to attend the forum.