Election season is here again. Although the election is Nov. 2, early voting in person begins Oct. 18 (ends Oct. 29), so now you can expect the political signs and bumper stickers to appear, more activities from candidates as they begin their campaigns in earnest and various statements, interviews and letters to the editor to appear on the Advocate’s Viewpoints page. Early voting is less than two months away - lots of campaigning to get in during that short time.
First, writers interested in supporting or endorsing candidates should know the deadline to submit election-related letters: Oct. 18. All letters received by that date will run (even if it is after that date). The word length for political letters is 200. Send election-related letters to email@example.com, mail them to Letters, Victoria Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria 77902 or drop them by our offices at 311 E. Constitution St.
We also give each candidate the option to write a single guest column -- these must be in by the first week of October. Guest column word length is 650 words. Please include a headshot photo and a tag line that provides information on the candidate: where you live and what your profession is. Guest columns can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We plan to publish the League of Women Voters Q-and-A forms that go out to candidates when they become available to us. But we also will host online live broadcasts of candidates, particularly our local contested races. And we plan to have both candidates in each race facing off, so that voters and viewers can decide which represents them the best.
Those Victoria candidates in contested races are as follows: Criminal District Attorney: Steve Tyler (I), Deborah Branch County Judge: Don Pozzi (I), Matt Ocker County Commissioner, Precinct 4: Wayne Dierlam (I), Clint Ives Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3: Robert Whitaker (I), Beatriz Q. Gonzalez Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4: Henry Welfel (I), Thomas Tijerina
Look for times and promotions of these live candidate broadcasts. In addition to the above candidates, we already have placed a couple of statewide candidates on our calendar for live broadcasts. Friday, Democratic candidates Barbara Ann Radnofsky for Texas Attorney General and for Land Commissioner will take 15 minutes each to talk about their candidacies. That broadcast will begin at 2 p.m.
In the week before our local broadcasts of contested races, we will solicit questions from you to ask the candidates. During the live broadcasts, we will allot five minutes to take questions at the end of the broadcast from viewers. By all means, if you have election-related questions, phone me at 361-580-6313, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
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