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Advocate editorial board opinion: Go to the polls as informed as you can be

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 28, 2010 at 4:28 a.m.


Just a couple of days left in September, and then 18 days before early voting begins in person. Ballots by mail went out Sept. 18. The general election is Nov. 2.

That means it's time to become familiar with the candidates and the issues facing the offices they are vying for.

The Advocate is providing a service in this area. We are scheduling Victoria County candidate face-offs that will be broadcast live on the Internet. The first of these will be today at 2 p.m. when incumbent Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi and his challenger Matt Ocker respond to questions from the public.

We will be scheduling other races for these live broadcasts, including the criminal district attorney race between incumbent Steve Tyler and his challenger Deborah Branch; Victoria County Commissioner, Precinct 4, incumbent Wayne Dierlam and challenger Clint Ives; Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, incumbent Robert Whitaker and challenger Beatrice Q. Gonzalez; and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, incumbent Henry Welfel Jr. and challenger Tommy Tijerina.

Look for the times for these face-offs in the days to come. If you have questions for any of these offices, please send them to Candidate questions, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria - 77902.

Of course, the candidates mentioned above are specific to Victoria County. There are many more candidates on the ballot for Nov. 2, including Texas governor and many other state offices.

We urge you to listen to our live broadcasts to get a close-up view of the candidates and their views. And watch our newspaper for profiles, Q-&-A sessions and more.

You can get it all at our Election Central special section on victoriaadvocate.com, including recordings of our live interviews. Don't go to the voting booth uninformed. Know the issues. Know the candidates.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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