Public education the focus of upcoming forums with candidates for the Texas Legislature

texas capitol building fotolia stock image
Candidates for the Texas Legislature will answer questions at the forum. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Candidates for the Texas Legislature will answer questions at the forum. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Candidates for the Texas Legislature will discuss public education policy at a series of upcoming forums and town halls.

The “For the Future” series is hosted by Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for systemic improvements to the state’s public education system.

“Public education has never been more important to our local communities and state, and we believe it’s critical every voter is informed on this issue,” said Libby Cohen, the director of advocacy at the foundation, in a release.

Candidates will be asked four questions focused on statewide public education issues, such as school funding, high-stakes testing, teaching and vouchers. Other questions tailored to candidates’ respective districts will also be asked.

More than 40 events will take place across the state leading up to the March 3 primary election. Each event will also be live-streamed through links accessible on Raise Your Hand’s social media accounts.

Events taking place in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will feature candidates from the following house district races. Not all candidates have been confirmed, according to a Raise Your Hand spokesperson. This list is not comprehensive.

*indicates incumbent

Jan. 29: Northeast Tarrant forum

Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive, Colleyville

6:30-8:30 p.m.

HD 92

Jeff Cason (R)

Taylor Gillig (R)

Jim Griffin (R)

Steve Riddell (D)

Jeff Whitfield (D)

HD 98

Giovanni Capriglione* (R)

Debra Edmondson (D)

Feb. 4: Carrollton/Lewisville forum

Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville

6-7:30 p.m.

HD 65

Michelle Beckley* (D)

Nancy Cline (R)

Paige Dixon (D)

Kronda Thimesch (R)

Feb. 4: Dallas/Richardson forum

Fretz Park Branch Public Library, 6990 Belt Line Road, Dallas

5:30-7 p.m.

HD 102

Linda Koop (R)

Ana-Maria Ramos* (D)

Rick Walker

Feb. 4: Keller forum

Chandon Arbors Event Center, 121 S. Elm St., Keller

6:30-9 p.m.

HD 98

Giovanni Capriglione* (R)

Debra Edmondson (D)

Feb. 5: Fort Worth/Saginaw forum

Chisolm Trail High School

3100 NW College Drive, Fort Worth

6-8:30 p.m.

HD 93

Lydia Bean (D)

Matt Krause* (R)

Feb. 6: West Plano forum

Plano ISD Sockwell Center, 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd., Plano

6-7:30 p.m.

HD 66

Forrest Hampton (G)

Sharon Hirsch (D)

Aimee Garza Lopez (D)

Matt Shaheen* (R)

Feb. 11: East/Central Plano, Allen & North Richardson forum

Collin College Living Legends Conference Center - Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

6-7:30 p.m.

HD 67

Tom Adair (D)

Rocio Gocewehr Hernandez (D)

Jeff Leach* (R)

Anthony Lo (D)

Lorenzo Sanchez (D)

Click here for a full list of forums and town halls.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story was amended to include the correct house district featured at the Feb. 4 forum at Fretz Park Branch Public Library.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


The Wildflower Festival will take place May 15-17. (Courtesy Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival)
City announces lineup for Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

Headliners include Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and The Wailers.

Sun's Kitchen closed Jan. 28. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sun's Kitchen shutters in Richardson

The Vietnamese and Asian-fusion restaurant’s menu included rice dishes, noodle dishes and more.

asian food adobe stock image
Lohas Teriyaki opens Richardson location

The restaurant specializes in fresh, convenient food options.

Three candidates have filed for a place on the May 2 ballot. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Three candidates will appear on the May ballot for the Richardson ISD board of trustees

A last-minute filing means one of two races will be contested.

Home decor at Beaucoup is described by Oliver as “traditional but on-trend.” (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
On-trend home and fashion finds unearthed at Richardson boutique Beaucoup

The business began in 2005 as the passion project of best friends Sue Williams and longtime local Lisa Miller.

Rob and Amy Baker own the restaurant, which opened in 2017. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Guitars & Growlers brings handcrafted beer and instruments to Richardson

At growler bars, customers can fill a 65-ounce container with draft beer, then take it to-go.

Create a piece of art for your home at a brush-lettered wooden sign workshop at Coolgreens in CityLine. (Courtesy CityLine)
8 Richardson events to attend in February and March

Craft workshops, a vinyl record show and an exotic animals exhibit are happening in the coming weeks.

Crews are working to create a new median on the President George Bush Turnpike. (Courtesy North Texas Tollway Authority)
4 transportation updates to know in Richardson and beyond

Construction on the $2 million Campbell Road widening project begins in April.

Most recent market data shows sales price drop in two Richardson ZIP codes

Conversely, the 75081 ZIP code saw a sales price increase.

The board approved a construction manager for the Gulledge Elementary project in September. Since then, the guaranteed maximum price for the expansion has been reviewed, clarified and evaluated. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Price goes up, but Gulledge Elementary expansion project remains on schedule

The Gulledge Elementary six-classroom addition has been approved for roughly $815,000 more in construction costs than originally estimated in August.

Hot chicken is a Nashville tradition. (Courtesy Ricky's Nashville Hot Chicken)
Ricky's brings Nashville's hot chicken tradition to Richardson

The restaurant serves Nashville-style spicy fried chicken with various heat options.

Back to top