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Meet the candidates at TWO town hall-style forums in Floresville

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October 19, 2016, 1:49pm
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Plan now to meet the candidates in contested local races during the first of TWO live forums, hosted by the Wilson County News.

Both will take place in the American Legion Hall in downtown Floresville.

These moderated events will include a brief introduction of all candidates (about 2 minutes each), followed by several questions for each candidate’s response. Individual responses will be limited to 3 minutes. This is NOT a debate. If time permits, questions may be invited from the audience

The first forum, set for Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., will feature candidates for 81st Judicial District attorney, Wilson County sheriff, and constables for Precincts 1 and 2. All candidates on the ballot, and current office-holders, are welcome to attend.

A second forum will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. for candidates for Floresville City Council and mayor. Questions will be sent to them in the near future.

District attorney candidates have been asked:

•Citizens with concerns about open meetings violations by school boards, city councils, and other elected bodies are directed to the DA for investigation/redress. How will your office handle such requests for investigation? How will you communicate with citizens (complainants) about these cases, and their progress or lack of?

•The county has had a number of vehicular homicides involving alcohol. Citizens have raised concerns about the perceived lack of substantial jail time or punishment in such cases. How will your office pursue these? What do you consider a “just” outcome in such cases?

Sheriff candidates will respond to:

•A trusty on work detail from the jail carjacked and injured a citizen, and escaped custody of the WCSO. Describe how you will manage a trusty program, what kind of inmates will participate, the vetting process, and security measures to ensure public safety.

•Many area law-enforcement agencies -- including small municipal police departments -- utilize COPsync or similar technology, and all patrol vehicles are equipped with computers to readily access such systems, which allow officers on patrol to access -- in a timely manner -- background information, warrants, and other items that help identify persons of interest, risks, and safety issues for officers on the scene. What technology does the WCSO employ? What plans do you have to improve or address this?

Candidates for constable have been asked:

•Describe the role of Constable in Wilson County as you understand it. How do you compare this to the same role in other Texas counties? Would you change the role you seek? Describe how and why.

--Learn more about the candidates in contested races at
--Early voting, see
--List of candidates at

Your Opinions and Comments

Stop the Corruption  
Austin, Texas  
October 26 at 2:34pm
Thank you for the enlightening forum, WCN. Some of my personal takeaways: Mr. Pena told about his successes in fighting human trafficking and how this unspeakable crime against children ties with drug dealing and illegal gambling... More ›

October 26 at 12:37pm
Rene did poorly. Sheriff Tackitt how many requests have formally been made to Commissioners court for the technology you say you need. Are they the ones who are stopping you from implementing the needed tools to effectively police... More ›

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
October 26 at 12:12pm
Video from the Oct. 25 forum for constable, sheriff and DA candidates in contested races has been posted here:

Nick Nissen  
Floresville, TX  
October 24 at 8:04pm
I will be there. I hope everyone will show up.I will be pleasantly surprised if all of them show up.

Elaine K.  
October 24 at 3:14pm
We will video the forum and post the video on our site. Watch for details.

October 24 at 2:44pm
Is there a website that will publish a recording of the debate for those who are working, or sleeping, at the times you mentioned. Or will WCN post a recording??

Elaine K.  
October 24 at 9:43am
In an effort to inform voters, the Wilson County News has joined the No Bull Radio Network to present a pre-recorded debate between District Attorney Rene Pena and Republican candidate for District Attorney Audrey Gossett Louis.... More ›

Stop the Corruption  
Austin, Texas  
October 24 at 7:29am
Sorry, I just saw the questions. My bad. I think that other Cities in the District would be quite interested to hear about how the DA candidates would address corruption in local area governmentl.

Stop the Corruption  
Austin, Texas  
October 24 at 7:06am
What will the questions be?

Fed Up With Arrogance  
Sin City  
October 19 at 4:38pm
I will be on the front row to see how Mr. Pena answers these questions. We all know he has been approached about the happenings at City Hall and he has not done a thing about it. Oh, but wait, he cannot comment! WCN, I don't... More ›

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