Posted on February 25, 2018 by Jana Schwartz

Texas voters will hear directly from candidate vying to become the next local criminal district court judge.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michelle Skidmore
February 23, 2018
(210) 458-3213

San Antonio, TX –The UTSA College of Public Policy and the League of Women Voters are partnering to host the Judicial Candidate Debate on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall in the Buena Vista St. Bldg. (BV 1.328) . Candidates vying to become the next Criminal District Court judge will be in attendance to discuss their positions and allow for questions from the audience.

Voters will get a chance to see what they have to say about the issues prior to the Joint Primary Election on March 6. Here are the candidates who have confirmed their attendance:

Karl Alexander Republican Criminal 187th

Joe Contreras Republican Criminal 187th

Jan Ischy-Prins Republican Criminal 187th

Veronica Legarreta Republican Criminal 187th

Virginia Maurer Republican Criminal 187th

Todd McCray Republican Criminal 226th

Joey Perez Democrat Criminal 226th

Jennifer Peña Democrat Criminal 290th

David Martin Republican Criminal 226th

Kristen Mulliner Republican Criminal 226 th

Libby Wiedermann Republican Criminal 226 th

" The judicial elections are so important to how we live our everyday lives that we want voters to have as much information about the candidates as possible," noted Phyllis Ingram, of the League of Women Voters.

“It is important for the UTSA College of Public Policy to host this event, since public policy intersects with fundamental issues that judges make decisions about everyday,” UTSA College of Public Policy's Associate Dean and Associate Professor Francine Romero said.

“We hope citizens and students will take this opportunity to get to know the candidates and their positions in order to cast an informed vote prior to the joint primary election. We are excited to welcome our neighbors and friends to our beautiful campus,” Romero stated.

The primary election is Tuesday, March 6. Registered voters will narrow down on party candidates who will represent their party in the November general election. For a full list of candidates, refer to this sample ballot for the Bexar County Primary. Citizens are encouraged to early vote thru March 2. If they are not sure who to vote for, they can access the League of Women Voters Voters' Guide .

  • What: Judicial Candidate Debate
  • When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328)
    FREE PARKING available in Lot D-3 under the IH-35 bridge.
  • This event will be livestreamed by NOWCast SA . You may watch the program remotely by accessing this link:

The College's student organizations, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma and the Public Administration Student Organization will serve as volunteers for the event.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus is located at 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207.

Learn more about the UTSA College of Public Policy .

Learn more about the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.

— Jana Schwartz