HARLINGEN, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting another two candidate debates on Thursday, April 28.

The debates feature the candidates running in the runoff elections for state Senate District 27 and state House District 37.

Cynthia Sakulenzki

The candidates on the ballot in the SD 27 runoff election are Morgan LaMantia and Sara Stapleton Barrera.

The candidates on the ballot in HD 37 runoff election are Ruben Cortez and Luis Villarreal.

All four candidates have confirmed their participation in the RGV Hispanic Chamber debates.

The debates take place at the Harlingen Convention Center on the evening of April 28. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a one-hour Meet & Greet. The HD 37 debate starts at 6 p.m. and the SD 27 debate starts at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and will be able to ask questions of the candidates in the Q&A portion of the program, if time permits. There is no charge to attend.

“We are putting on these candidate debates so that the voters of Senate District 27 and House District 37 can get a better idea of who the candidates are. None of them are incumbents so they may be new to some voters. Why are the running? What is their platform? Where do they stand on the top issues facing our state and our region? We believe the debates will be educational and enlightening,” said Cynthia Sakulenzki, president of the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Sakulenzki said she welcomes questions in advance from the voters of District 27 and District 37. To email a question, write to: [email protected].

The program’s sponsors include Texas Gas Service, UT-Rio Grande Valley, and the Rio Grande Guardian. The moderator will be Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor.

Upcoming RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce candidate debates include the runoff for Congressional District 15. Stay tuned for more information on this event.


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