78th District House hopefuls share dais

State House hopefuls Brad Paquette, left, and Dean Hill listen to a question Friday during a candidates forum in Niles.

NILES — 78th District state House candidates Dean Hill and Brad Paquette share a strong belief in the importance of education, but they have very different views on other topics, ranging from state ballot proposals to government’s role.

Hill and Paquette took part in the “Power in Politics” candidate forum Friday evening before 90 people at the Niles District Library. The forum was sponsored by and run by students from the Niles New Tech program, where Paquette worked as a teacher until recently.