Eight candidates confirm participation in Feb. 19 Candidates Forum and Debate
by Joe Baker
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KARNES COUNTY – Eight of ten local candidates running for three county offices have confirmed their participation in a debate set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The Karnes Countywide is joining with Radio KAML 990 AM and KTNR 92.1 FM to bring a Candidates Forum and Debate to the Karnes City High School Auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the general public.

Candidates for the offices of county judge, county commissioner and county clerk have been invited to share the stage with moderator Cletus Bianchi to field questions submitted by local media and the general public.

Candidates for county judge, Democrat incumbent Barbara Najvar Shaw and Republican candidate Maurice A. Yarter will participate. Democrat challenger Walter R. Long has also confirmed that he will participate.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Democrat incumbent A. T. Pete Jauer has declined to participate due to a previous commitment. Jauer is running unopposed for re-election.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Democrat Candidates Adrian Yanta, David Reynolds, Sharon Chesser and Republican Candidate Brenda Hansler have all confirmed that they will participate in the debate.

Incumbent Democrat County Clerk Carol Swize has confirmed she will participate in the debate, although Democrat challenger for the position of county clerk Maggie Gonzales has not yet confirmed her participation.

Candidates will make opening statements and then answer questions, most of which will come from the general public, and only questions that are addressed to all the candidates in a given race, will be selected. After responding to as many questions as time allows, candidates will make closing statements.

Written questions for the candidates can be submitted by email to:, by fax to: 830-583-0285, by mail to The Karnes Countywide, 111 S. Second Street, Kenedy, TX 781119, or they can be brought to the event.

The event will be broadcast live on KAML Radio 990 AM and KTNR 92.1 FM. Video of the event will be live and streaming online at Video will also be available for viewing after the debate at
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