by Crystal Gottfried
The League of Women Voters of Comal Area has organized a venue for regional candidates to have a chance to speak to area residents, present their views and answer questions in one of the last organized forums before the elections in November.
The league will hold a Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the GVTC Auditorium at 36101 FM 3159, Smithson Valley. All the candidates for U.S. Congress District 21, State Senate District 25, and State Representative District 73 have been invited to attend.
Candidates for each of the above races will have the opportunity to make opening statements, then will respond to written questions from the audience. The public is invited to hear the candidates speak, and to bring up the issues that are important to voters in this community.
“The 2006 elections are somewhat unusual due to the number of independent and write-in candidates, and due to the special election in U.S. Congressional District 21 as a result of the recent Supreme Court decision,” said Comal Area League President Anne Eaton. “This event gives voters an opportunity to learn about candidates’ stands on issues beyond party platforms. We are hoping for an excellent turnout.”
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
A second forum will be held at the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center, 430 West Mill Street the following night, October 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Candidates for NBISD Board have been invited to participate. Sam Castilleja and Greg Schlather are candidates in District 1. Jim Callahan, Karen Diver, Mae Ruth Meyer, and Ed Clark are candidates for the at-large seat.
Citizens are encouraged to listen to candidates statements and ask questions of these candidates. For further information, call Anne Eaton, League of Women Voters Comal Area President, at (830) 935-4594.