WACO, Texas (KWTX) Democrat Mike Collier met with residents at Waco-McLennan County Central Library Saturday to talk about property taxes and school funding.
The former accountant, who hopes to challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, says property taxes have gone up over the last few years, but the money hasn't helped schools.
If elected, he plans to make access to early education and more funding for public schools his top priorities.
"Until we deal with the property tax issue honestly, property taxes won't go down. They're going to keep going up," says Collier.
"There's some loopholes we can close, and use state money to support education, like we used to- which will relieve pressure on property taxes. That's where we need to go."
Collier will run against Michael Cooper in the Democratic primary in March.
The general election is on Nov. 6, 2018.