A group of GOP House candidates are encouraging one Republican leader to take a bold stance on a pension issue.

Republicans Chris Hightower, Jason Crockett, Lynn Bechler, Bryan Lutz and Matt Lockett are all in competitive races for the state House this election cycle.

The candidates want Senate President David Williams to retire, rather than resign, if he is selected and accepts a judgeship in his home county.

By retiring, Williams would not be able to use a criticized loophole that would fatten his pension. Instead, he could double dip into a second, smaller pension.

The candidates all say the state’s pension crisis is a chief priority for them, which is why they are making the request.

Williams’ office said he had no response.