The Rains County Leader wants your help!

We want to know the questions on the minds of Leader readers and Rains County voters. Questions may not contain foul language or other inappropriate items. The same questions will be asked of all candidates running for each position so questions should be phrased respectfully to apply to both parties’ candidates.

Questionaires will begin being sent out at the end of August and interviews will be conducted through mid-October. All questions should be submitted by Friday, August 31.

5 Comments on "The Rains County Leader wants your help!"

  1. Marshall Collins | August 1, 2018 at 9:39 am | Reply

    Question for candidates:

    Because you could represent several communities with people who have diverse jobs, beliefs and lifestyles, how will you go about learning their needs and expectations to best represent them in the Legislature?

    • Lauren Withrow | August 1, 2018 at 11:40 am | Reply

      Good morning, Mr. Collins! Do you have certain candidates you would like asked this question?

      • Marshall Collins | August 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm | Reply

        The question should be asked of all candidates who represent a population, even incumbents. Even on the local scale, commissioners should be asked the question with “Legislature” replaced by “county.” As an actual example, my state senator and state representative never make themselves known in the community to gain input, such as would be derived through a townhall or even a questionnaire. On the national scale, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe sends ample mailers and questionnaires to his constituents. Our U.S. senators hold rallies within the major cities, but no questionnaires are ever sent. An elected official who represents a population must know what’s in the minds of his/her constituents and never assume he/she is tendering and voting upon actions believed best for the represented public.

        As another actual example, Beto O’Rourke posted on Twitter that he had just finished visiting the populace of all 254 counties in Texas. When I pushed back and questioned whether he’d visited Rains County because I’d not heard of or read of his visit, he replied that he had stopped by Sidekicks to eat. I guess he left with the campaign talking point: “I’ve met the people of Rains County, and I can tell you for a fact that they’re hungry.”

        • Lauren Withrow | August 1, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Reply

          I can tell you that Beto O’Rourke did come by Rains County in January to Sidekick’s because I was there. There was a group of about 20 people, mostly Republicans. I interviewed him then as well.

        • Lauren Withrow | August 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Reply

          All candidates for every office that Rains County is voting for will be given questions to answer, including incumbents. Candidates for the same office will receive/be asked the same questions, although different offices may receive different questions. Your question could apply to any of them, but I wanted to ensure that I asked specific candidates if you had a certain office in mind!

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