The Baytown Sun will partner with Raise Your Hand Texas to host a Texas House District 128 Candidate Forum with a focus on public education at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Tucker Hall on the Lee College campus.
Four candidates have filed to run for District 128 in the upcoming primary elections: Republicans Briscoe Cain (incumbent) and Robert Hoskins and Democrats Josh Markle and Mary Williams.
All four have been invited, but not all are yet confirmed, according to Tom Kelchner, Raise Your Hand Texas regional advocacy director for the East Houston/Gulf Coast Region.
Kelchner was director of special education for the Goose Creek school district before his retirement in 2017.
He said Raise Your Hand Texas is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.
Candidates who attend the forum will be given the topics of the forum in advance, but not the questions that will be asked, he said.
Raise Your Hand Texas, founded in 2006 by Charles Butt (chairman and CEO of H-E-B), is a nonprofit that supports high-performing public schools. According to its website, the organization supports increased funding for public education, as well as more choices in public education.
It opposes the use of vouchers, tax credit scholarship and education savings accounts and other programs that provide tax dollars for private education.
Chambers County candidate forum
On the same evening, the Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Meet the Candidates” forum and chili dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the White Park Community Building.
All Chambers County candidates have been invited, both state and county level.
The chili dinner is $10 a plate.