Galveston County voters wanting to get a better idea where the 2014 candidates for local office stand on the issues will get most of their questions answered starting today.
The Galveston County Daily News’ election questionnaires go live online this morning on the website of the county’s largest media outlet.
All but one of the 45 candidates running in contested races for the March primaries answered The Daily News’ questionnaire, which includes questions from the newspaper’s staff as well as readers.
Candidates are asked basic questions such as if they owe back taxes or if they have ever been convicted of a crime. Candidates also are asked questions specific to the office they seek.
Judicial candidates are asked about their legal experience and how they conduct themselves on the bench. State representative candidates are asked about school funding and the state’s role in supporting a storm surge protection system.
County judge and county commissioner candidates are asked about infrastructure priorities and the outsourcing of the county’s social services.
Justices of the peace candidates are asked how they will ensure residents have access to courts in the redrawn consolidated precincts.
The questionnaires were launched about six years ago at the request of Daily News readers, who wanted to see more responses from candidates and responses in their own words.
The question-and-answer forms, which will be published in part in print as well as in full online, are part of The Daily News’ ever-expanding local political coverage.
They augment the Daily News’ political forums, which the remaining three will be held Monday, Thursday and Feb. 17.
Early voting for the March party primaries begins Feb. 18 and ends Feb. 28. Primary election day is March 4.
On election night, The Daily News will provide live election results after the polls close.