Frisco chamber to host virtual candidate forum for state, county races

The forum is free to view on YouTube and will include candidates who will be on Nov. 3 ballots in Collin and Denton counties at the state and county levels. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The forum is free to view on YouTube and will include candidates who will be on Nov. 3 ballots in Collin and Denton counties at the state and county levels. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The forum is free to view on YouTube and will include candidates who will be on Nov. 3 ballots in Collin and Denton counties at the state and county levels. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual candidate forum for state and county elective offices on Sept. 24.

The races for District 106 state representative, District 33 state representative, District 12 state senator, Denton County Precinct 1 commissioner, Collin County Precinct 1 commissioner and Collin County tax assessor-collector are among those that Frisco voters will see on their Nov. 3 ballots, based on their county of residence.

All candidates from those elections were invited to the forum, but those who have told the chamber they will be attending include: District 106 state Rep. Jared Patterson and challenger Jennifer Skidonenko, Denton County Precinct 1 commissioner candidate Ryan Williams and Collin County Precinct 1 Commissioner Susan Fletcher.

Williams is facing Sandy Swan for the Denton County Precinct 1 commissioner position, while Fletcher is seeking re-election over challenger Courtney Brooks.

The District 33 state House race will see incumbent Rep. Justin Holland challenged by Andrew Rose. The District 12 state Senate race is between incumbent Jane Nelson and challenger Shadi Zitoon. The Collin County tax assessor-collector race will see incumbent Kenneth Maun face challenger John Turner-McClelland.


Instead of hosting a live audience for the event, as the chamber has done for previous candidate forums, the Sept. 24 event will be streamed on YouTube. Thursday’s forum is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and can be viewed here. The forum will be moderated by chamber board chair Christal Howard, who is Community Impact Newspaper’s Dallas-Fort Worth metro publisher.

Candidate biographies are available on the chamber website.

The chamber plans to host another virtual candidate forum Oct. 5 for the Frisco City Council Place 5 and Place 6 races as well as the Frisco ISD board of trustees Place 4 election. That forum is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and will be available to watch on YouTube here.

Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. For instructions on registering to vote in Collin County, click here. For instructions on registering to vote in Denton County, click here.

The Collin County early voting hours for the Nov. 3 election will be:

• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-16;

• 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17;

• 1-6 p.m. Oct. 18;

• 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 19-24;

• 1-6 p.m. Oct. 25; and

• 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 26-30.

The Denton County early voting hours for the Nov. 3 election will be:

• 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 13-17;

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18;

• 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 19-24;

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25; and

• 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 26-30.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both counties on Election Day.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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