by PAT MURDOCK
The public is invited to the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters Candidates Debate, scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. at the San Marcos Activity Center.
The debate will feature candidates in contested San Marcos City Council and Mayor’s races; Hays County Commissioners Court Places 1 and 3 races; races for Hays County Sheriff, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 1; and for 45th District State Representative.
Candidates for these races whose names will appear on the Nov. 4, 2008, election ballots in San Marcos and areas of Hays County have been invited to participate. The debate will be filmed and broadcast by Time Warner Cable’s digital channel 1400 “Central Texas on Demand – San Marcos” channel, free anytime to Time Warner subscribers. The league’s Voters Guide will be included in the Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, San Marcos Daily Record and will be available on-line as soon as possible there after.
The debate and the Voters Guide are two of the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters’ key voter services and voter education projects.
Open to men and women, the league’s guiding principles focus on belief in the representative form of government and individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States. A nonpartisan organization, another guiding principle is that “democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.”
The organization’s nonpartisan stance, which members take very seriously, will be evident in both the debate and the Voters Guide. All candidates for each office will be asked the same carefully crafted questions, with each having the opportunity to be the first to respond to one question. Time limits will be strictly enforced for both fairness and to keep the debate within Time Warner’s filming timeframe.
Serving as moderator for the debate will be long-time league member and experienced debate moderator Kaylene Ray. For more information, call (512) 353-2872.