Political candidates from 4 different races set to debate

Published on Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:54 - Written by From Staff Reports

A “live” television debate between candidates campaigning for four local positions will air from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 on KYTX CBS19.

The debate, sponsored by CBS19 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph, will be held inside the Liberty Hall Theater, 103 E. Erwin St. It is open to the public and features candidates for Texas House of Representatives District 6, incumbent Rep. Matt Schaefer and challenger Skip Ogle; Smith County judge, incumbent Joel Baker and John Furlow; County Commissioner Precinct 2, incumbent Cary Nix and Barry Barnett and Commissioner Precinct 4, incumbent JoAnn Hampton and Donald Sanders.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., candidates for office who are not in the debate will be allowed two minutes to introduce themselves and offer their qualifications.

The debate for county judge is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. followed by Commissioner Precinct 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Commissioner Precinct 2 at 8 p.m. and ends with House District 6 at 8:30 p.m.

The debate will be moderated by CBS19 This Morning co-anchor Clint Yeatts. The three-person panel includes Tyler Morning Telegraph Editorial Page Editor Roy Maynard and Editor Dave Berry. They will pose questions to the candidates.

The public is welcome to attend. Seat availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Liberty Hall doors open at 6 p.m.

“The Tyler Morning Telegraph is happy to join our news partner KYTX CBS19 in conducting this debate,” Berry said. “We feel it is important for voters to know where their candidates stand on local issues, and this debate is one way to help make that happen.”