Lieutenant governor debate coming up

Texas’s most powerful office is being contested by four high-powered Republicans, one of whom is the current holder of that office.

They’re going to debate each other Monday night in an event being broadcast live across the state.

That means Panhandle PBS viewers will get a good look at these individuals beginning at 8 p.m. Public TV station KERA-TV out of Dallas is playing host to this event.

Bear in mind that the GOP primary on March 4 won’t be the final word on this campaign. Democrats have their own primary to decide and the winner of each primary will face off in the November general election.

To date, the Republican campaign has been getting the most attention. It’s been a doozy so far.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is running for another term as the presiding officer of the Texas Senate. He was first elected to the office in 2002. His challengers are going after him — and each other — with ferocity.

State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples all are seeking to succeed Dewhurst in a campaign that’s looking more and more as if it will require a runoff between the two top primary finishers to determine who wins the party nomination.

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These four men have been debating each other across the state. This next joint appearance will enable viewers to pose questions of the candidates. Questions from viewers may be submitted via Twitter: @keranews using the hashtag #texasdebates. All submissions will be reviewed by the KERA editorial staff prior to the debate.

Let’s step up and tell these gentlemen what’s on our minds.

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