The Leadership Aransas County Alumni Association (LAC Alumni) is hosting a Candidates Panel and Issues Forum from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at the Saltwater Pavilion at Rockport Beach featuring candidates in contested races in the May 1 City of Rockport May election.

A panel of speakers covering issues in our community, will also be featured.

The forum will open with presentations about the issues selected by the LAC Alumni Executive Committee. Those issues include Little Bay, communications (one voice), youth activities, and construction issues.

During the candidates’ forum, each candidate will have a three-minute opening statement. The audience will submit a question(s) to a specific candidate and that candidate will have one minute to respond. The opposing candidate will be given one minute for a rebuttal.

At the end of the evening each candidate will be given one minute for a closing statement.

There are four candidates vying for two positions. Two candidates are seeking the Ward 1 council post. Rusty Day, a former member of the council, and Kathleen “Katy” Jackson are seeking that seat, which was left open when incumbent Mike Saski chose not to run.

Brad L. Brundrett is challenging Ward 3 Incumbent Bob Cunningham.

LAC Alumni, members of LAC Class XXIV, and graduates of Youth Leadership will be involved in all aspects of the forum, from serving on the question review panel, announcements, question collectors, timekeepers, refreshments and promotion.

“The purpose of this forum is two-fold. It’s to provide the community information about the candidates as well as expose our adult and youth leaders to community issues and the election process,” said LAC Alumni Chairman Chad Lee.

The forum is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Michael Gibson of KIII TV Channel 3 will emcee the event.

For more information about the Candidates Panel and Issues Forum contact Lee at cal_fish@yahoo.com.

For more information about Leadership Aransas County, contact an LAC Alumni member, or the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at programs@1rockport.org.

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