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April 16th, 2009
LVW school board debate set for April 27

STAFF REPORT

The public is invited to the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District school board candidates’ debate, scheduled Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. The debate will feature the four candidates for the San Marcos CISD’s two at-large trustee positions, which will be filled in balloting scheduled May 9, 2009. Early voting in the school board race starts April 27.

Candidates for these races whose names will appear on the May 9 election ballots in San Marcos and areas of Hays County have been invited to participate. Candidates who filed for the two positions by the deadline include incumbent Judy Little Allen, David Chiu, Vincent Delgado and Christine S. North. Serving as moderator for the debate will be LWV member Becky Cultra.

The league’s Voters Guide will be included in the Sunday, April 26, 2009, San Marcos Daily Record. The debate video and audio will be carried on Newstreamz.com, where the LVW Voters Guide may be accessed electronically.

Copies of the Voters Guide will be distributed at the debate and placed at various public locations around San Marcos the next day.

The Voters Guide will also be online at www.lwvtexas.org. To access the guide on this site, viewers can click on “Find information on your Local League,” locate San Marcos and then click to find the Voters Guide.

Candidate debates 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, the league’s 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 will be asked the same carefully crafted questions, with each having the opportunity to be the first to respond to one question.

The school board candidates’ debate will be followed next month by the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters’ annual meeting and dinner, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. May 7 at the Price Seniors Center. Tickets to the dinner are $15 at the door. For more information on the debate or the dinner, call Jeannie Lewis at (512) 353-2872.


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