Candidates to face off Thursday

Candidates to face off Thursday

Candidates to face off Thursday

The public is invited to Candidates’ Night, a voter education forum for candidates in contested races, on Thursday, April 14.

The event sponsored by the Port Aransas South Jetty newspaper starts at 6 p.m. at the Port Aransas Community Theatre, 2327 State Highway 361.

Candidates are asked to arrive 40 minutes prior and meet in the rehearsal hall, which is to the left of the auditorium as you look at the stage.

South Jetty editor and moderator Mary Henkel Judson said event will be livestreamed on the South Jetty’s YouTube channel and will remain there indefinitely.

Wearing masks is recommended for everyone but required for anyone who is unvaccinated.

All but the two Place 2 candidates and one Place 6 candidate will participate in the event.

Mayoral candidates are Gregory Chittum, Wendy Moore and Martin J. Phalen.

Place 4 candidates are Tanya Chambers and Gary Klepperich.

Candidates for Place 6 are Dale T. Christianson, Carl “Corky” Moore, Edwin Myers, Paul Ruff and Leslie Smith. Myers said he has a conflict and cannot attend the event.

Place 2 candidates Tina Mott and Kelly Owens will not participate. Mott, the incumbent who was elected to fill an unexpired term last November, did not contact the South Jetty to confirm her participation by the deadline, therefore forfeiting her place at the forum.

Owens said he had a conflict and would not be able to participate.


Each race will be taken separately, with breaks between each one.

All candidates will be given the same question at the same time prior to the beginning of the forum and will have 30 minutes to prepare a written response. The responses then will be turned in to the moderator and returned to the candidates so they can read their responses during the session for their respective races.

Each candidate will be allowed a three-minute opening statement, then three minutes to present their prepared responses to the question they were given prior to the opening of the forum.

Candidates will then draw two questions, one at a time, and give three-minute impromptu responses. All the questions will be different.

Finally, each candidate will have two minutes to make a closing statement.

“Candidates’ Night is not a debate, and unlike nationally televised debates, time limits will be strictly enforced,” Judson said.

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