Conexión San Ángelo / Chairman, J. B. Hall, contributor

SAN ANGELO – The Coalition of Black Democrats - San Angelo Chapter, will host a public forum to meet candidates wishing to serve the residents of San Angelo, Tom Green County, from the Justice of the Peace to Senate seats. The event will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4 pm, at 33 W. Beauregard, the Stephens Library in the Community Room on the 2nd floor. The event is FREE and Open to the Public. A pre-packaged box lunch will be available for a small fee.

This is a great opportunity for registered voters in the greater Tom Green County area to hear from candidates, and to listen to what they plan to do if elected in November. The Primary Election is next Tuesday, March 6th, so this may be the last time to hear from these candidates before voting on Tuesday, and again at the General Election in November.

The Democrats in the West Texas area are striving to turn the area blue. The Coalition of Black Democrats around the state, are working to actively engage African Americans across the state by engaging them in discussions which impact their daily lives. Presently, the elected positions are held by Republicans who make up most of public service positions. The Democrats in the area have been fully engaged in hosting various events with top candidates, hoping to show the residents who they are, and what they can do to make a difference. This event represents an additional effort to engage residents in the political process.

“Meet & Greet Reception” will kick off the session, along with demonstrations on the electronic voting machines, in hopes to make voters more comfortable on voting day before the presentations begin. The presentation will consist of a facilitated interview style session, including a series of questions for each candidate who attends, and, will allow each of them an opportunity to express their plans for residents in this area, if elected.

This area of the state has specific interests, including water, agriculture, oil & gas, employment and challenges facing local civil law concerns, to name a few. From the local level to the Senate positions, there is an opportunity to hear the concerns of the area residents, and these candidates will speak to these issues to help residents consider which Democratic Candidate they will support.

The Coalition of Black Democrats- San Angelo Chapter, recently held their Installation of Officers, conducted by the State Coalition’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Gene Collins. This organization has immediately jumped into action with this event, hoping to share its relevance with a focus on informing, educating and empowering Black Voters, and others who wish to participate fully in a political system which gives attention to their interests. The Coalition of Black Democrats has support for this event from the Tom Green County Democrats and the San Angelo Ministerial Alliance. The members want to demonstrate the value of partnerships, while ensuring the interest of the African American voters, and showing how these votes truly matter. More public events are scheduled in the coming months.

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