WESLACO, RGV – The only live TV and Radio candidate forum in the Rio Grande Valley this primary election season takes place in Weslaco on February 18.

Action 4 News, News Talk 710 KURV, and the Rio Grande Guardian have teamed up to bring voters debates between the candidates for two key races – Hidalgo County District Attorney, and the 92nd state District Court.

The candidate forum takes place at Weslaco Public Library. The 92nd state District Court race is being televised live from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The Hidalgo County DA’s race is being televised live from 6 to 7 p.m.

The candidates for Hidalgo County DA are incumbent Rene Guerra and challenger Ricardo Rodriguez. It is the highest profile race in the county this election cycle. Late last year, Rodriguez stepped down as judge of the 92nd state District Court in order to challenge Guerra.

The Democrats running for the 92nd state District Court are McAllen attorney Rey Ortiz, Pharr Municipal Judge Luis Singleterry, and former Weslaco mayor and state representative Miguel Wise.

Action 4 News, News Talk 710 KURV, and the Rio Grande Guardian have teamed up before to bring Valley voters key candidate forums.

“Action 4 News takes its brand of “Taking Action 4 You” very seriously, and hosting and moderating a political debate with local implications is a great example of that promise,” said Action 4 News President and CEO Tom Keeler. “Action 4 News is proud to work once again with 710 KURV and the Rio Grande Guardian in providing residents of the RGV with a first-hand look at the candidates and their positions on future issues affecting the community at-large.”

Sergio Sanchez is co-news anchor for “The Valley’s Morning News” on KURV. He will be a co-moderator of tonight’s forum with Ryan Wolf of Action 4 News and Steve Taylor of the Guardian.

“At News Talk 710 KURV we are honored to again work with our respected colleagues and friends at Action 4 and The Rio Grande Guardian.  We have chosen some of the most notable local races for a live TV, radio and online simulcast on Feb. 18th, the first day of early vote,” Sanchez said.

“Due to the fact that many local races will go uncontested in November’s general election it is vital that you be informed and participate in the March 4th primary.  The choice you make this election season might very well be the determining vote for a particular local office. Please join us on-air, online and on location to meet some of the folks vying to “serve” our community.”

The Guardian’s Taylor is a veteran political reporter and co-founder and editor of the popular online newspaper.

“On behalf of the Rio Grande Guardian I am honored to be once again participating in a live TV, Radio, and Internet candidate forum with my good friends at KGBT and KURV,” Taylor said. “We have some very important local races coming up and some of these will be decided in March. It is crucial voters have all the pertinent facts about a candidate running for office before they cast their ballot and our upcoming forum will allow us to hone in on where the candidates stand on the key issues. The forum on Feb. 18 promises to be lively, compelling, informative and highly relevant to the voters of Hidalgo County.”