|McALLEN, February 14 - Futuro McAllen has uploaded a video on You Tube of its candidate forum featuring the Texas House District 36 primary battle between incumbent Sergio Muñoz and challenger Mari Regalado.
The forum was held on Feb. 11 at the McAllen Public Library. The other race featured at the forum was Hidalgo County Commissioner, Precinct 2. A video of that race will be posted on You Tube on Saturday.
Muñoz is an attorney from Mission, Texas. Regalado is a business owner from Pharr, Texas. They are competing for votes in the Democratic Party primary. There are no Republicans or Independents running so the election will be settled on Primary Election Day.
House District 36 consists of Consists of 100 percent of the cities of Granjeno, Hidalgo, and Palmview, 25 percent of McAllen, 70 percent of Mission, and 76 percent of Pharr.
Click here to watch the video of the HD 36 race.
Futuro McAllen has won many plaudits for this week’s candidate forum. In the past, the group’s forums have focused on McAllen city elections. The non-partisan, non-profit group decided to focus on HD 36 and HCC Pct. 2 because the districts for both encompass a portion of McAllen.
The candidates were asked questions in English from a media panel consisting of Joe Augustine of KRGV-TV Channel 5, Dave Hendricks of The Monitor, and Nadia Galindo of KGBT-TV Action 4 News. The moderator was Davis Rankin of News Talk 710 KURV. Questions from Futuro McAllen members were relayed by Rio Grande Guardian Steve Taylor. El Mañana’s Rio Grande Valley editor, Edelia Hernandez, asked one question of the HD 36 candidates in Spanish. This question will be uploaded onto You Tube later.
McAllen Cable Network also videoed the forum. The video will be run on the City of McAllen’s TV channel on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The times are: Saturday, Feb. 15, 7 am, 12 pm, 7pm; Sunday, Feb. 16, 6:30 am, 11:30 am, 6:30 pm, and Monday, Feb. 17, 8 am, 1 pm, 8 pm. Early voting starts Tuesday, Feb. 18. The primary election is March 4.
The Guardian will send out another alert when the Hidalgo County Commissioner, Precinct 2 debate is uploaded to You Tube. Futuro McAllen’s president is Nedra Kinerk.