Lusk, WY – Seven of the candidates hoping to serve out the term of the state's top educator answered questions from local Republican Party members in Lusk Wednesday. A growing list of people is vying to succeed Trent Blankenship, who resigned as superintendent of public instruction this week. In Lusk, the candidates were asked about dealing with federal education requirements, small schools, and the fact that 20 percent of Wyoming schools failed to meet progress standards this year. Meanwhile, Wednesday Marc Mason of Cheyenne became the tenth to launch a campaign for the post. Mason was not at the public forum in Lusk. He recently retired to Cheyenne, where he graduated from high school and taught elementary school in the 60s and 70s. Mason spent more then 30 years as a teacher and administrator in Arizona.