Your Advocate: an editor's blog

What would you like to ask candidates?

In Your Advocate: an editor's blog

Chris Cobler

By Chris Cobler
Feb. 1, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Our goal every election season is to get you involved.

We want you to get informed and go vote, regardless of the candidate you choose. That's why we are publishing a series of stories on the Crossroads races and offering two nights of election debates.

For the debates, we want to be sure we're asking about the issues that matter the most to you. Please email your suggestions for questions to me at or call me at 361-574-1271.

The first debate will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the University of Houston-Victoria North building's multipurpose room. The candidates for Victoria County district attorney will debate first, followed by the candidates for Victoria County commissioner, Precinct 4. You're also invited to attend in person or watch live on the Advocate's Facebook page. We will then post a recording at

What would you like to ask incumbent DA Steve Tyler and challenger Constance Filley Johnson? And what should we pose to incumbent Commissioner Clint Ives and challenger Mark Schroller?

The following Monday, Feb. 12, we'll have debates for the six Republican and four Democratic candidates for the open Congressional District 27 seat. We'd like to get your questions for them, too.

So, don't sit on the sidelines. Make your voice heard before the March 6 primary election.

Let's see whether Winston Churchill was right when he said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

Of course, he also said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried from time to time."



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