By Mollie LaSalle
– A political forum featuring several candidates for local and state offices was held Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Emporium Stage in downtown Woodville. WOODVILLE
Candidates in attendance were: Paulette Carson, who is running for state representative district 9, Mike King, who is running for sheriff of Tyler County, Trent Ashby, incumbent candidate, state representative, district 9; Bryan Weatherford, incumbent sheriff of Tyler County; Kent Chambers, candidate for the ninth court of appeals and Casey Whitworth, incumbent candidate for constable, Pct. 2.
Neil Alderman was the keynote speaker for the event and welcomed everyone in attendance. The candidates drew numbers, and Carson was the first to speak. She introduced herself and explained why she is running for state representative district 9. She answered a few questions from the audience, and yielded the stage to King, who explained what he would do if he were elected sheriff.
Incumbent state representative Ashby was next up and reiterated what he has accomplished in his 13 months in office and asked the voters to give him another term to continue the work he began in Austin in 2022. Incumbent sheriff Bryan Weatherford spoke next and asked the voters to re-elect him so he can continue moving the county forward.
Chambers was next up. Chambers is a lawyer in private practice in Montgomery County and is running for a vacant spot on the ninth court of appeals. Whitworth was the last candidate to speak. He is running against challenger Donald Calhoon in the March Republican Primary for the constable position.
All of the candidates were well prepared, gave excellent speeches, and outlined why they want your vote. There were a few hard-hitting questions fielded by the audience, and everyone who turned out got a chance to talk with the candidates on a one-on-one basis, to get their views and what they want to accomplish if elected.
March 5 is primary day, so get out and vote for the candidate of your choice.