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Tea Party Draws Large Crowd for Candidate Forum

A large crowd packed into the Cafeteria of the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association, last night, to hear more from the candidates seeking the offices of Mayor, City Council, AC Board of Regents and Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees.

AC Candidates Sally Jennings, Don Nicholson, Danny South, and Thomas Warren III spoke regarding their campaigns for local school boards, along with AISD Trustee James Allen.

All of the candidates seeking seats on the Amarillo City Council were in attendance for the forum. Mayoral candidates James F. Lowder and Ginger Nelson were also in attendance.

The various answers from the candidates drew both cheers and boos from the crowd.

Each candidate for City Council and Mayor were given one minute introductions along with a short time for several brief questions. One of the questions which was asked of each candidate involved their support of a downtown baseball field.

Some City Council candidates were also posed a question regarding the local PAC, Amarillo Matters. Place 4 candidates Mark Nair and Howard Smith were posed a question inquiring into whether they had taken any contributions or endorsements from the PAC. Both Smith and Nair replied they have not. Nair also said that instead of fundraising for his campaign, he is seeking no donations.

A small period for questions from the audience was also held toward the end of the meeting.

Many attendees visited with the candidates in attendance, following the meeting, and picked up yard signs, brochures, buttons, and other goodies.

The next announced forum for municipal candidates will be a forum held by Indivisible Amarillo. That forum will be held on April 5th at Austin Middle School.

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