MCALLEN, Texas – A message for the voters of the Rio Grande Valley: please submit the questions you would like to see posed to candidates running in the Democratic Party primary in March.
The Rio Grande Guardian has been asked to set the questions and moderate a marathon Candidate Forum next Sunday, Jan. 16. The event takes place at Valencia Conference Center in McAllen.
The forum, hosted by Hidalgo County Democratic Party, is free and open to the public but those wishing to attend must register in advance. Those attending must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and must wear a mask.
The event will also go out live on Facebook.
The races being covered at the forum are: Congressional District 15, Congressional District 34, state Senate District 27, Hidalgo County Judge, Hidalgo County District Attorney, Hidalgo County Commissioner, Precinct 2, Hidalgo County Commissioner, Precinct 4, Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chair, Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace, Place 4, and Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace, Place 5.
“We are honored to have been asked to moderate the forum for these hot local races,” said Rio Grande Guardian Editor Steve Taylor. “We are asking the public to submit questions to us. We will mix these questions with our own. And, of course, no candidate or their campaign staff will see the questions in advance.”
Editor’s Note: Please email your questions to: [email protected].
Interim Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Eronini said HCDP has not organized a Candidate Forum this large before.
“We are very excited. It is an opportunity for us to have a partnership with a very popular local news medium. So, we look forward to having a great event and hopefully it will be very successful and some kind of road map for the future,” Eronini said.
Asked why the event is important, Eronini said: “It is designed to enable the Democratic voting public to familiarize themselves with the candidates, the platforms they are running on and what their expectations are. Our job is ask the right questions, to bring out the reasons for the voters to make it to the polls and why they need to support one candidate or another. It is going to be an objective debate, it is going to be very interactive. It is going be very lively.”
Eronini added: “The field of candidates is so diverse this election cycle. Just for the congressional districts alone we have over ten candidates in both 15 and 34. The Democratic Party is very lucky to have a group of diverse and talented individuals who are stepping up to serve the public. It is our job to make sure the public understands the platform on which the candidates are running.”
The Rio Grande Guardian is also asking the public to submit questions for candidates that are running for races not covered by the HCDP event.
“HCDP cannot cover all the big races in the Valley. Some are happening outside of the county. But, the Rio Grande Guardian would still like to hear from voters that have questions for other candidates in other races. We can pose these questions in the separate candidate forums we will be hosting ourselves,” said Mari Regalado, the Rio Grande Guardian’s video anchor.
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