San Angelo Democrats' Forum Makes Splash in Statewide Media
SAN ANGELO TX — The forum seemed to be a showcase of visitors from the Island of Misfit Toys as 11 Texas gubernatorial candidates came to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in deep red Tom Green County to introduce themselves on a statewide stage.
The forum was conceived and executed by the Tom Green County Democrats and scheduled for the second-worst night in the winter for attracting a crowd. It was the same night as the College NCAA Football National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
Alabama won the championship, and according to Austin American-Statesman writer Ken Herman, the two winners of the San Angelo forum were the late, former Governor Mark White’s son, Andrew White, and the former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.
White was challenged on how he was going to remain true to the state Democrats’ desire to eliminate or drastically reduce carbon use while the economic imperative in the West Texas region is for hydraulic fracturing to thrive.
White promised to find a balance between the two opposing sides.
Valdez wasn’t challenged on fracking, so she was able to wax unlimited on how well she builds consensus in a group of similar-mined people at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. She claimed her talent is needed, Gromer Jeffers, Jr. at The Dallas Morning News noted, because, Valdez said, “we have to stop the foolishness and the hate and the bickering."
The statewide media is wrapping the whole 2018 Democratic primary up as a race between Valdez and White. The other candidates, Statesman’s Herman noted, have little chance of winning, and so as sort of a consolation prize, he listed them.
“Grady Yarbrough, Demetria Smith, Adrian Ocegueda, Cedric Davis Sr., James Jolly Clark, Jeffrey Payne, Joe Mumbach and Tom Wakely. “
“Some interesting folks there. Look ‘em up,” he wrote.
Herman didn’t see a marked difference between the ideas of White and Valdez. The age difference is great. Valdez is 70; White, 45. The primary is March 6 and early voting begins February 20.
The event lasted 90 minutes and about 100 attended. The event highlighted San Angelo and its beautiful museum in the statewide media.