League of Women Voters hosts candidates forum
April 27, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.
Candidates in two upcoming elections will bare all during Monday night's forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.
League President Kathy Hunt said candidates for Victoria City Council, Victoria County Sheriff, Victoria County Commissioner precincts 1 and 3, Victoria County Constable Precinct 4 and Victoria County Tax Assessor/Collector will be represented.
As much as the issues have changed since the league started hosting these nonpartisan forums, voters have changed too, Hunt said.
"They want to hear what the candidates have to say; what are their qualifications, why are they the best for the job," she said.
She said attendees ask more "visionary" questions versus isolated issues.
"They want to know about the candidate," Hunt said. "Yes, there are immediate issues, but how will you lead us the next two years."
The forum starts at 6 p.m., Monday at the Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St., and is free to attend.
"We are held to it being a forum, not a debate," she said. "It allows more time to answer a question and move on" than get caught in one-upsmanship, she said.
Each candidate will be given a minute and a half for an opening statement and one minute to respond to each question.
"We encourage folks to attend the forum or check it out online or on TV," Hunt said. "Learn more about the candidates who represent you and make democracy work, go vote."
Hunt said voters are keeping the pulse of several races in the upcoming elections: the sheriff race, Precinct 1 commissioner and U.S. representative.
"The new U.S. representative will be a huge race since we're redistricted to be down to Corpus Christi versus up to Houston," Hunt said.
Jerry J. Trevino, Murphy Alade Junaid, Ronnie C. McDonald and Rose Meza Harrison are vying for the Democratic Party nomination for United States Representative, District 27.
Blake Farenthold, John Grunwold, Don Al Middlebrook and Trey Roberts are running in the Republican Primary for the same nomination.
Hunt also said the state board of education is one to watch.
"A lot of people don't even know we have a state school board," Hunt said.
There are five candidates for those positions.
Hunt said the league hopes to host another forum with district, state and federal races.
"Those races are regional," she said. "There's not an area-league here. We feel it would be a good service to our region."
She expects voter turnout to be up because of the council races.
"People usually vote because they're mad or they want something," Hunt said.