(Orange, Texas)

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May 5, 2014

Debate - Take 2

OC GOP to hold runoff election debate Tuesday

ORANGE — A  public debate to be held this Tuesday could help determine the next Orange County Judge.

The Orange County Republican Party will hold a debate in advance of the May 27 Republican Party Primary runoff election. The event will feature several Republican Party candidates, but the debate will feature the two remaining party candidates for Orange County Judge with John Dubose and Brint Carlton facing one another.

The debate will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center, located at 11475 FM 1442 in Orange.

“People are concerned about the welfare of our county,” said Sheila Faske, chairperson-elect of the Orange County Republican Party. “The candidates need a platform so the voters can get the information they need to make an informed choice, and we are providing that platform.”

Four candidates were seeking the Orange County Republican Party nomination for Orange County Judge during the March 4 Primary Election. Dubose led the way with 2,679 votes and was followed by Carlton with 2,137, while candidates Mike Hamilton and Mike White obtained 1,809 and 1,702 votes, respectively.

Dubose, 67, is the former Orange County Commissioner of Precinct 3, while Carlton, 31, is currently employed with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

“This is the biggest roundup event yet for the Orange County Republican Party,” Faske added. “We decided to have it at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center because of its size and because it is centrally located for everyone in the county.”

Along with the debate between Carlton and Dubose, the Orange County Republican Party will have several speakers on hand as well. These speakers include Brian Babin and Ben Streusand, both candidates for U.S. Representative of District 36, as well as Ron Cowling and Barry Burton, both of whom are in a runoff election for Orange County Commissioner of Precinct 2.

“We are excited to have both Republican candidates for the District 36 race for U.S. Congress scheduled to attend as well,” Faske explained. “Each candidate will get a chance to speak to the crowd for a few minutes and that may help people make a decision on this race. Also, the candidates for Orange County Commissioner in Precinct 2 will get a few minutes to speak to the voters about their race, which is also important.”

Faske said the Orange County Republican Party has extended invitations to candidates who are running in the upcoming May 10 general election for local school boards, city councils and county agencies to allow them to visit with potential voters as well.

Faske believes this debate has the potential to have a long lasting impact on the county because, in essence, the winner of the Republican party’s runoff election for Orange County Judge will be unopposed in November and will become the next judge in 2015.

“Orange County is sitting in a good position right now. We have access to Interstate 10, railway and water and that is important for industry,” Faske said. “The next Orange County Judge will have a big role in helping Orange County grow, and that is important to both of these candidates. We’re at a turning point, and we need to shine.”

Find the Orange County Republican Party of Texas page on Facebook for more information.

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