With the general election campaign moving into high gear after Labor Day, voters will have more opportunities to meet and hear from candidates. League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Education Fund and public television station KLRU in Austin already have one such event scheduled: a debate featuring candidates for the Texas State Board of Education on September 28.
Organizers have invited all candidates on the ballot for the District 5 and District 10 races.
District 5 (which stretches from San Antonio and the Hill Country to southern Travis County and up to Bell County)
Ken Mercer, Republican (incumbent)
Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Democrat
Mark Loewe, Libertarian
District 10 (which includes northern Travis County, Williamson County and bunch of other counties between Central Texas and Houston)
Marsha Farney, Republican
Judy Jennings, Democrat
Jessica Dreesen, Libertarian
Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, will moderate the debate, which is set for 7-8 p.m. at the KLRU studios on the University of Texas campus in Austin. A press release from the League of Women Voters group says the public is welcome to attend and should be able to RSVP on the KLRU website about two weeks before debate. According to the League, the debate will be taped and broadcast by KLRU in Austin and KLRN in San Antonio before early voting begins for the Nov. 2 election.