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2012-01-19

Candidate forums set - let the games begin

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Political primaries are designed to highlight candidates' strengths and weaknesses. Unconvinced skeptics in the voting electorate are asked to reference the nearly 1,128,311 Republican debates that have taken place so far - and continue. If those get-togethers didn't call attention to problematic candidates, nothing could.

Locally, however, voters have yet to test the mettle of incumbents and challengers whose hats are in the ring for political offices in Bandera County. That's about to change.

• The first candidate forum, co-sponsored by the Bandera County Republican Women and the Republican Party of Bandera County, will take place, beginning at 1:30 pm, Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center, 803 Buck Creek Boulevard.

After brief introductions, candidates will be asked to respond to pre-set questions. Everyone running for countywide and precinct elections is expected to participate.

• The Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas will sponsor a forum only for candidates for the office of Bandera County Sheriff. The forum will take place sometime in February, but the date has not yet been set. Details should be released soon.

• The Bandera American Legion Post 157, 205 12th Street, in Bandera, will host a Meet the Candidates Night, beginning at 7 pm, Thursday, Feb. 2. After each candidate offers a brief introduction, audience members will be encouraged to query the candidates directly.

• Finally, the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a candidates' forum, beginning at 7 pm, Friday, March 9, at the Silver Sage Corral. Candidates standing for both countywide and precinct elected offices are invited to attend.

After briefly introducing themselves, candidates will randomly select pre-determined questions. Although no questions will be taken from the floor, questions may be submitted for consideration by contacting Cerise Ripps at 830-796-3280 or at cowboy@banderatx.com.

Other groups or associations sponsoring candidates' forum are asked to send information to Bandera County Courier Editor Judith Pannebaker at 830-796-9799 or bcceditor@sbcglobal.net. Follow the Courier for more information on the various candidates' get-togethers, meets & greets and forums.