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No fireworks, just the facts at tonight’s candidate forum

Roxanna Deane, far left, president of League of Women Voters of the Comal Area, moderates tonight's candidate forum at Tye Preston Memorial Library. In May, she accepeted an award on behalf of the chapter, which was recognized at the state convention for “increasing membership and an outstanding land-use study.” Also, (l-r) are LVW-CA Treasurer Gloria Suarez Sasser, Vice President for Organization Darlene Hicks, and Publicity Director Jerrie Champlin.

If you’re expecting fireworks at tonight’s candidate forum tonight at 6 p.m. at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 S. Access Rd., Canyon Lake, think again.

Unlike last night’s verbal firefight between Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O’Rourke, the event is sponsored by League of Women Voters of the Comal Area, and they have strict rules in place that keep “gotcha” questions out of the debate and issues at the forefront.

Candidates for Texas Senate Dist. 25, Texas House Dist. 73, Comal County Commissioner Pct. 2, Comal County Commissioner Pct. 4 and Comal County clerk will introduce themselves and answer questions. Only the questions.

“It’s about issues,” said LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane. “We get direct information from a candidate about their issues, and views, and things they would work on if they were elected as opposed to allowing them to spend time saying things about their opponent.

“We ask people to talk about what they would do in office, and what their basic values are. It’s very different. There are time limits on each question, and I enforce those so you can’t go over. It’s very structured, but people always say that it felt good to them, the candidate. And I think the audience learns a lot more.”

Deane reminds Comal voters that voter registration is at an all-time high in Texas.

“I would hope people would be informed and vote so we have all-time turnout at the polls.”

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