Candidates were out in full force on Thursday night at the Amarillo Pioneer Candidate Forum, talking to voters about critical issues facing Texas and Amarillo.
On Thursday, candidates running for everything from the U.S. Senate to Justice of the Peace were at the American Legion Hall, presenting their visions during the Pioneer forum. Libertarian and Democratic candidates for statewide office were in attendance, including numerous Republicans and Democrats running for local offices.
In addition to candidates running for various offices, supporters of certain candidates were also there. Volunteers for Beto O’Rourke’s campaign brought yard signs and buttons, while Republicans brought Ted Cruz yard signs, flyers and more. Nearly all the candidates had signs and flyers available, with unique items, such as fidget spinners, available from Libertarian Neal Dikeman’s campaign.
Voter registrars and representatives from Responsible Amarillo and VoterLift talked to local voters about issues and transportation for the upcoming elections and voters also heard brief information about the $200 million Canyon Independent School District bond election.
In total, numerous voters showed up and left with information about multiple candidates running for office. Planning has already begun for future forums, including for City Council candidates next year.