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JUST ONE QUESTION: Gera Summerford, Tenn. Education Assoc.

DENVER (AP) — The first of three presidential debates takes place tonight in Denver.

The televised face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is a chance for voters to size up two fierce competitors, just five weeks before Election Day.

WMOT News is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance. Today, a question from Gera Summerford, president of Tennessee’s largest Teacher’s Union,.

“Are there government services so vital to our democracy, that taxpayers should expect that they will never be subject to the volatility of the market place or the profit motive. In other words, which government services should government be directly held accountable for consistently providing to citizens.”

Summerford says her question is based on the concerns of Tennessee teachers over the growing number of charter schools in the state and the current push to introduce a school voucher system.

If you have just one question you’d like to hear the presidential candidates answer, send it to news@wmot.org.