The Pleasanton Express hosted a candidate forum Thursday evening in the Pleasanton River Park. We had no idea what the turnout would be with only two and half weeks of planning due to COVID-19. We were pleasantly surprised and so appreciated the citizens who took part by attending.
I want to give a huge shout out to Jessica Tom, Julie Hilberg and Mike Pascarella for their help in organizing this event. Thank you to the fantastic video production work of Pulse Productions and Ronin Garcia and Donovan Garcia. We hope to hold many more candidate forums in the future. We have ideas on how to improve and grow from this first one out of the shoot.
We received great feedback from many candidates. We thank each of you who participated. You made this event a success. Those who participated included:
• U.S. Representative- District 28: Congressman Henry Cuellar (D), Sandra Whitten (R)
• State Senator-District 19: Senator Pete Flores (R), Roland Gutierrez (D)
• State Senator-District 21: Senator Judith Zaffirini (D), Pastor Frank Pomeroy (R)
• State Representative- District 31, Rep. Ryan Guillen (D), Marian Knowlton (R) • Chief Justice, 4th Court of Appeals: Justice Rebeca Martinez (D) and Renee Yanta (R)
• Atascosa County Sheriff, Sheriff David Soward (R), Rick Luna (D)
• County Commissioner- Precinct 1: Commissioner Mark Gillespie (R), David Caballero (D)
• County Constable- Precinct 3: Constable Cregg Thompson (R), Armando “Mando” Vidales (D)
Audrey Gossett Louis (R), 81st Judicial District Attorney, also provided an update on the works of her office.
The video featuring fiveminute talks from each of these candidates to the voters of Atascosa County is available pinned to the top of the Pleasanton Express Facebook page and on our YouTube channel. Please, if you are one of the undecided, take a look at these videos to help you decide.
As of Monday 60% of registered voters in Atascosa County have not voted. Thank you to the 40% of local registered voters who have voted. The word on the street is that voting in Atascosa County has never been faster or easier. Thank you to the county and to the elections office for running such a smooth operation.
As of Wednesday, there are three days left to vote early. If you wait until Tuesday, Nov. 3 you may vote at any of these polling places from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Community Christian Church, 12487 N. SH 16 in Poteet; Leming School, 25 E. Fifth St. in Leming; Pleasanton Civic Center, 115 N. Main St. in Pleasanton; Verdi Community Bldg., 40 Fairview Rd. in Pleasanton; Poteet VFW, 9655 N. SH 16 in Poteet; Rossville Historical Community Bldg., 515 FM 2504 in Poteet; Lytle Community Center, 19031 Priest Blvd. in Lytle; Justice of the Peace Pct. #2, 1567 FM 3175 in Lytle; Iglesia Bautista El Calvario, 811 Oak St. in Jourdanton; St. Phillips Catholic Church Hall, 274 AVE. H in Poteet; Charlotte Fist Baptist Church Hall, 173 S. Yule Ave in Charlotte; Campbellton Community Center, 305 St. Francis Ave. in Campbellton; Jourdanton Community Center, 1101 Campbell Ave. in Jourdanton; Trinity Baptist Church, 1219 N. Bryant St. in Pleasanton; and McCoy Water Supply Office, 2125 FM 541 in McCoy.
Due to the large number of voters expected and the increase in mail-in ballots, the Pleasanton Express will not be holding our newspaper until we receive the final numbers on election night. The final numbers most likely will not come in until the wee early hours of Nov. 4. We will be updating the final numbers and the winners of each office on our E-edition’s front page, on our website at www.pleasantonexpress.com and on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.