LATVALA: Would vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to require prisoners to serve 85 percent of their sentences. Says that might require new tax revenue to pay for building more prisons. But taxes only should be raised "after exhausting existing revenue."
LEHR: Says the number of existing state prisons should be sufficient for now, but says the state should work harder to make sure the most violent offenders are the ones who stay behind bars longest. Non-violent offenders should be put in alternative programs such as work-release, to free up prison beds for violent offenders. Would vote against the 85 percent measure.
LATVALA: Supports programs such as Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches and Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives, designed to turn troubled kids away from crime. However, "there has to be a point where people know there's consequences other than a camping trip."
LEHR: "I'm interested in prevention. I would hope that we might be able to turn these kids around." Says the best way to do it is to improve the education system.
LATVALA: Schools ought to focus more on reading, writing and arithmetic. Would favor more funding for schools if tied to increased academic performance. Opposes tuition vouchers.
LEHR: Says he wants to scrutinize the state budget to find money that local schools can use to buy textbooks. Says it's appalling that some schools don't have enough books for their students. Opposes tuition vouchers.
LATVALA: Says the state should look for places to cut spending before considering new taxes. Taxes should be considered only as a last resort.
LEHR: Says the state should look for places to cut spending before considering new taxes. Before considering an overall tax increase, the state should look into closing loopholes in the sales tax.
LATVALA: Supports state programs to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Says the state should devise a fairer mechanism for when people can trim mangroves. Supports a proposed ban on net fishing.
LEHR: Supports efforts to clean up Florida Bay, in the Everglades. Supports a proposed ban on net fishing.
LATVALA: Personally opposes abortion but says women should have a right to choose whether to have one during the first trimester.
LEHR: Personally opposes abortion but says women should have a right to choose whether to have one.
LATVALA: Says he has a longer history of leadership, in business, local government and politics.
LEHR: Says he has more experience in private business.