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DENISON -- A candidate for the next Governor of Texas made a visit to Texoma on Thursday.

Tom Pauken spoke at a Rotary Club meeting at a Best Western hotel in Denison. He declared his Republican candidacy for Governor in March.

Thursday, he arrived in Denison for a Rotary Club meeting where he spoke more about the state's public education system than his run for office.

"I call it a ‘teaching to the test' system almost designed to teach everybody to go to a four-year university without recognizing that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to education. I think you need a multiple pathway approach to a high school diploma and more local control of education again," Pauken said.

Funding cuts is an issue that hits home for Denison ISD teachers. About two dozen Denison educators made a trip to Austin in February for the "Save Texas Schools" rally. Thousands protested $5.4 billion in funding cuts and too many standardized tests.

Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says he feels it's time for fresh ideas in Austin. "I'm for his vision of what he believes needs to happen with education in this state," Dr. Scott said.

Pauken is the third Republican to enter the gubernatorial race.

Texas secessionist and perennial candidate Larry Kilgore is also running along with Miriam Martinez, a TV personality. Governor Rick Perry has yet to say whether he plans to run for re-election. He's currently serving his third consecutive term.

Wednesday, a bill that would've restricted future elected officials to two term limits was rejected in the state house of representatives. While it would not have affected Governor Perry, if elected, Pauken says he would voluntarily live up to term limits.

"I was very disappointed in the house yesterday defeating term limits. I believe that our statewide elected officials, two terms is enough just like two terms for the President of the United States is enough," Pauken said.

The gubernatorial election will be held November 4, 2014.