Candidate forums to air one more time

At the risk of sounding shamelessly self-promoting, I want to call your attention to a series of programs to be rebroadcast Thursday night on Panhandle PBS.

At 8 p.m., the three Republicans running for the 13th Congressional District will answer questions from a panel of Panhandle journalists. They are: U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon; Bowie veterinarian Pam Barlow and Amarillo financial planner Elaine Hays.

At 8:30 p.m., the two men running for the GOP nomination to Texas Senate District 31 will answer questions from the journalist panel. These two are: State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo and former Midland Mayor Mike Canon.

Both broadcasts will last 30 minutes each.

Then, at 9 p.m., the five GOP candidates for Potter County judge get their 60-minute return engagement … also answering journalists’ questions. These folks are: Debra McCartt, Nancy Tanner, Jeff Poindexter, Bill Bandy and Bill Sumerford.

One important note here: The Texas Senate and the Potter County judge primaries will effectively elect someone to these offices, with no Democrats on the ballot. A Democrat, Mike Minter, awaits the winner of the 13th Congressional District GOP primary.

Did I mention shameless self-promotion? Oh, yeah. I am one of those who will pose questions to these candidates.

But, hey, this discussion is not about the panel of questioners. These candidate forums are all about the individuals seeking our votes.

Tune in Thursday night, beginning at 8, on Panhandle PBS.

Early voting ends Friday. Primary election day arrives Tuesday, March 4.

The forum encore will give Panhandle PBS viewers another chance to size up these candidates.


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