A debate between candidates campaigning for four local positions will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight.
Sponsored by KTYX CBS19 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the debate 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.
For those unable to attend, the debate will be taped and made available sometime Tuesday on the CBS and Tyler Paper websites. It will not be broadcast live. The full debate also is being made available as a public service to viewers of TISD-TV, the cable education channel of the Tyler school district. The entire debate program will be televised daily starting Tuesday and ending March 3. The program will air at least once daily on the following schedule: Sundays and Fridays at 7 a.m.; and Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
TISD-TV broadcasts on Suddenlink cable channel 19, with a live streaming signal accessible from the tylerisd.org website.
During the debate tonight at Liberty Hall, candidates for office who are not in the debate will be allowed two minutes to introduce themselves and offer their qualifications. That takes place from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
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. Tyler Morning Telegraph Editorial Page Editor Roy Maynard and Editor Dave Berry 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.”