The Daily News will sponsor a public forum for candidates to the Galveston Independent School District board of trustees at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Central Middle School.
All five candidates vying for the two volunteer positions on the board were invited to appear, introduce themselves, answer some questions and talk a bit about their platforms.
As of Saturday, only Matthew Hay, the incumbent running in District 5-E, and Johnny Smecca, who’s running for the open District 6-F seat, have agreed to attend.
The others — Sandra Tetley, Laura Addison and Beau Rawlins — declined, arguing the newspaper, in collusion with others, including the school district, was attempting to lure them into a “biased event.”
The forum is expected to last about an hour or 90 minutes at most. Three panelists will pose questions to the candidates and more questions will be gathered in writing from the audience.
Early voting for the school board election begins Monday; Election Day is Nov. 7.
— Staff Reports