Candidates for contested Hays County offices in the March primary will participate in the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters Candidates Debate Thursday at the San Marcos Activity Center (7 p.m.). Click here to see the debate stream.
A stream of the debate will be shown by the San Marcos Local News, in association with SMTX.tv, until the March 2 primary election.
Two races for Hays County Judge will be front and center. On the Republican side, San Marcos surgeon Bert Cobb is running against Kyle business owner Peggy Jones. On the Democrats’ side, incumbent Judge Liz Sumter is being challenged by Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton.
Another debate features the two Democratic candidates for District 45 state representative. The incumbent, Patrick Rose, is being challenged by Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board member Andrew Backus.
The other race highlighted in the debate is the Democratic run for Hays County Court at Law No. 1 Judge. Anna Martinez Boling, appointed to the position after the death of Judge Howard Warner last summer, is in a race against Hays County Assistant District Attorney David Mendoza.
Uncontested primary candidates will be introduced and their literature will be made available, but they will not be asked to speak.
The debate and the Voters Guide are two of the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters’ key voter services and voter education projects.
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. As a matter of fairness, time limits will be strictly enforced. Long-time league member Kaylene Ray will serve as moderator for the debate.