The Erath County Republican Party is hosting a forum at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 10) featuring candidates running in statewide races. 

The event will be held at Bond Auditorium.

“This is an opportunity to become informed about the candidates and their positions, experience and qualifications for the office they are seeking,” said event coordinator Carla Trussell. 

Each candidate will introduce themselves and answer questions from moderator Gil Parks, chairman of the local GOP. The questions will be formulated in advance by a committee with the local Republican party and no questions will be taken from the audience.

The forum will begin with 11 candidates vying for Texas’ 11th Congressional District currently held by Congressman Mike Conaway, who is not seeking re-election.

The night will end with the race for state representative of District 59. 

Two Erath County residents - Cody Johnson and Shelby Slawson - are challenging incumbent Dr. J.D. Sheffield.

“All three of the candidates have accepted the invitation to participate,” Trussell said.