HARLINGEN, Texas – The voters of the Rio Grande Valley have the chance to watch two candidate forums with a difference this week – ones focusing solely on public education.

The forums are being organized by Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting public education in Texas.

One of the forums is being staged this evening, starting at 6 p.m. The candidates answering questions about their stance on public education are those running for Texas House District 37.

Then, on Thursday, it is the turn of the candidates running for Texas Senate District 27. Again with a start time of 6 p.m. 

Voters can attend the forums in person. Both forums are being held at the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce located at 311 E. Tyler Ave. Harlingen, TX 78550. Everyone is invited to attend, and the event is free.

Voters can also watch the forums online, via Raise Your Hand Texas’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RYHTSTexas

“Raise Your Hand Texas is excited to present For the Future, a series of nonpartisan candidate forums leading up to the 2022 primary election. Each candidate forum focuses solely on public education issues and on candidates for the Texas Legislature, which plays a huge role in shaping the resources and requirements of every public school in Texas. All candidates on the ballot are invited to participate, and no candidates are endorsed,” said Giovanni Escobedo, Raise Your Hand Texas’ regional advocacy director for South Texas.

Escobedo pointed out that Raise Your Hand Texas has been hosting similar candidate forums across the state. 

Here are the registration links for the forum:

HD 37 on 2/22 at 6:00 PM: https://advocacy.raiseyourhandtexas.org/texas_house_district_37_for_the_future_forum

SD 27 on 2/24 at 6:00 PM: https://advocacy.raiseyourhandtexas.org/senate_district_27_for_the_future_forum

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Giovanni Escobedo, regional advocacy director for South Texas for Raise Your Hand Texas.

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