The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters’ second pre-general election candidate debate/forum will be held 6:30 p.m. today at the San Marcos Activity Center.
Round two will focus on contested races for Hays County and City of San Marcos positions and will follow a traditional debate format. Moderator for the debate will be longtime League member Brenda Smith. Presiding over the event will be San Marcos Area League President Carole Belver. Once again, the public is invited without charge.
Early voting for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election is scheduled Oct. 22 – Nov. 2. The last day for the county elections administrator to receive applications for ballots by mail is Oct. 30. Voters will not have to present photo identification for this election.
Noting that many precinct boundaries have been changed since the last general election, San Marcos League President Carole Belver encourages voters to check their voter registration cards to identify their correct polling location before Election Day. Voters will find their precinct numbers on their voter registration card next to their birth date or they can call the Hays County Elections Office at 512-393-7310 to verify precinct voting location.
County candidates scheduled to participate in the Oct. 22 debate include candidates for County Commissioner Precinct 1, Democrat incumbent Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe and Republican challenger Mary E. Gonzales; Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 1, Democrat incumbent JoAnne Prado and Republican challenger Amy Lea Akers; Constable, Precinct 1, incumbent David Peterson, a Democrat, and challenger Stephen A. Velasquez, a Republican; and, for Constable Precinct 2, incumbent James H. Kohler, Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Ron Hall.
Candidates for San Marcos City Council Place 5 are incumbent Ryan Thomason and write-in candidate Melissa Derrick. City Council, Place 6, candidates are incumbent Shane Scott and opponent Greg Frank. Incumbent San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero will face challenger Thom Prentice in the mayoral debate.
Questions from the audience will be allowed on a first come, first served basis as time allows. All candidates will have the opportunity to distribute literature on tables in the hallway outside the rooms used for the debates.
The San Marcos will video each debate and post on its website.