DALLAS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Six citizens from the hotly contested Congressional District 32 will ask most of the questions of Rep. Martin Frost (D) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R) during a one-hour debate hosted by KERA on October 20, 2004. The debate will air live at 7 p.m. (CDT) on KERA 13 and KERA 90.1 and re-air at 10 p.m. (CDT) on KERA 13 and again at 10:35 p.m. (CDT) in Spanish on Telemundo 39, KXTX-TV.
The six citizens who will ask questions during the debate were among a group of citizens from District 32 who attended a KERA-sponsored economic summit September 18. The summit participants spent several hours discussing economic issues with two leading North Texas economists -- Kathy Hayes, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Dedman College at Southern Methodist University and Darren Grant, Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University and the University of Texas at Arlington -- who helped clear up common misconceptions about economic issues and taught the attendees how to recognize misleading facts and distorted economic political views. From these discussions, participants formed their own questions about economic issues -- from healthcare, to jobs, to taxes -- that they will ask Frost and Sessions during the debate.
Participants, all of whom are residents of neighborhoods within District 32, were chosen because they represent a diverse cross-section of North Texas citizens and because they articulated strong viewpoints during the summit. The participants are:
* Ruben Cavazos of Oak Cliff * Debbie Georgatos of Preston Hollow * Barry Hobrecht of Park Cities/Highland Park * Kim Limberg of Richardson * Sue Richardson of Irving * Melody Townsel of Oak Cliff
The debate, which will focus heavily on the candidates' perspectives on the economy, will be the only one of our debates to feature citizens presenting questions they've created themselves and that are focused on everyday economic concerns of North Texans. KERA's Sam Baker and Krys Villasenor will moderate and the citizen participants will ask a total of about a dozen questions.
KERA's debate will also be the only one of four televised debates that will simultaneously air translated into Spanish on the SAP channel and that will be rebroadcast later that night with Spanish translation.
Both the debate and the economic summit are part of Voter's Voice 2004, a KERA multimedia election initiative designed to give North Texas citizens a voice during this year's election season.
Complete information about KERA's Voter's Voice 2004 is posted online at http://www.kera.org/votersvoice .
Participant bios: * Ruben Cavazos is an IT manager for a large financial services corporation. Seeking a more urban experience, he and his wife moved from the suburbs to a historic district in north Oak Cliff, where they are active in their neighborhood association. Ruben has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. * Debbie Georgatos and her husband have lived in Dallas for four years. A litigation attorney in the area of labor law, Georgatos currently is devoting her time to raising her three teenagers and volunteering at their schools, church and in the community. * Barry Hobrecht is a Texas native who has lived in Dallas for more than 30 years. The owner of Ball's Hamburgers, a small restaurant in Snider Plaza, he is married with two children and one grandchild. * Kim Limberg is a civil engineer and a registered professional engineer employed by the State of Texas. A resident of Irving, Limberg is the vice president of the Irving Arts District Neighborhood Association. * Sue Richardson has been deeply involved in her community as a volunteer for years. She is president of the Irving Republican Women's Club, district director of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, a member of the Irving Republican Club and precinct chairman for her area. * Melody Townsel is a single mother of a four-year-old girl, and an entrepreneur who runs Townsel Communications, an independent communications consulting firm. Townsel is a native Texan who has lived and worked as a journalist and a public relations executive in 22 countries.
KERA, a major public broadcasting producer and a leading community-based radio and television institution, is committed to providing in-depth coverage of the issues of importance to North Texans. The station's award-winning radio and television programs have earned local, regional and national awards, including a regional Emmy nomination for coverage of 2002 statewide election races, Katie and Philbin Awards for radio coverage of local elections in 2002, and Katie Awards for radio and television coverage of the 2000 Presidential election.
Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language television network, is the essential entertainment, news and sports source for Hispanics. Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 91% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 118 markets through its 15 owned-and-operated stations, 35 broadcast affiliates and nearly 620 cable affiliates. Telemundo is wholly owned by NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. Telemundo 39, KXTX-TV
Web site: http://www.kera.org/votersvoice