League of Women Voters to host candidate forum

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Feb. 15, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

Before early voting opens Tuesday, Victoria voters will have another opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions.

The League of Women Voters-Victoria, a nonpartisan political organization, and the Victoria College Student Government Association are co-sponsoring a candidate forum for contested local races in the March primary election.

The forum is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

Local League President Kathy Hunt said both Republican county judge candidates, a county court-at-law candidate and two justice of the peace candidates have confirmed they will participate.

Candidates will give brief remarks and then will field written questions from the audience. There will also be time for voters to speak one on one with the candidates.

Because the event is structured as a forum, audience members have a greater opportunity to have their questions answered, Hunt said.

"We don't do a back-and-forth debate," she said.

She expects each candidate to have time to answer eight to 10 questions.

"The reason the league does it this way is in the interest of time," Hunt said. "Voters can have an opportunity to hear candidates' viewpoints on more issues."

Locally, she said the league is interested in issues surrounding quality of life and providing services in a financially responsible manner.

The league is also following issues on voter registration and statewide human trafficking.



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