Texas House District 76 candidates to take part in forum next week

Claudia Ordaz Perez and Elisa Tamayo, who are vying for the District 76 seat, will appear at a candidate forum on education issues on Tuesday, February 18th,

The event, set for 6:30 p.m. in the Bel Air High School Athletic Complex (731 N. Yarbrough), will be moderated by award-winning veteran El Paso journalist Robert Moore, the founder of El Paso Matters.

Ordaz Perez and Tamayo are running in the Democratic primary to replace Texas House Rep. Cesar Blanco, who is running to replace retiring Texas Sen. Jose Rodriguez.

As no one is representing the Republican party in the House District 76 race, the winner of the Democratic party race will become the new state representative.

This forum is is presented by Raise Your Hand Texas, as part of its statewide For the Future Forum series, in  partnership with El Paso Matters and the El Paso Community Foundation.

This is an open forum; doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the forum from 7 to 8 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The presenting organizations do not have a stake in the outcome of the election, but  feel it is important for the public to be informed and take part in the election, no matter the outcome.

As a reminder, early voting runs February 18 to 28, and the primary is March 3.