Last night at Humperdinks, I had the pleasure to attend the Arlington Republicans Candidate forum. I saw the candidates square off and it was interesting to hear what they had to say concerning those in office. Mr. Dodson who is Robert Shepard’s opponent was clearly an unorthodox individual. While Mr. Shepard showed professional respect for the forum and office by addressing the crowd of 100 plus Republicans in a coat and tie, Mr. Dodson had a baseball cap on and shorts. His platform was to empower the 18-25 year old voters. I feel that this fell on deaf ears since the average age of the audience was around 60 years of age. His overall platform was such that I would not consider him a serious contender for the at large position in district 6. The legalization of marijuana for any purpose is something that the
electorate will have problems wrapping their heads around, so to speak. Texas
From the looks of the race for district 7, Jimmy Bennett has a challenger with substance. Gerald Kern was business like in appearance, and showed respect for the forum with a coat and tie, same with Jimmy. He was articulate, same as Jimmy. And his platform was well articulated, same as Jimmy. Mr. Kern was a bit forceful in his delivery, and Jimmy was calm and comfortable in his responses. I can see this race shaping up to be an interesting event. Since Mr. Kern lives in district 3, it could be that he is getting actual face time and experience if he falls short in this challenge. Robert Rivera is positioning himself for a Mayoral run next year, which would leave the district 3 seat open.
Kecia Mays is running for the School Board seat vacated by Tony Pompa. The biggest laugh of the evening was when she stated that her biggest qualification in the race against her opponent is that she was present. The opponent said she would attend and didn’t show up. Kecia is a very professional young woman that lost her race against Gloria Pena two years ago. I’m certain that she will prevail this time.