Next Monday, January 27, News/Talk 790, KFYO will air a debate between the four Republican candidates for Texas Lt. Governor.  The debate will air live from 8p-9p on air on AM 790 and online at

The debate will be between Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and State Senator Dan Patrick.

KERA Public Radio & Television and NBC 5 (KXAS-TV) in Dallas is spearheading the debate.  Questions for the candidates can be submitted via Twitter: @keranews using the hashtag #texasdebates.

The debate panelists are:

Shelley Kofler,  KERA Managing Editor and Debate Moderator, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and television producer with expertise covering public policy issues, statewide elections and presidential primaries for KXAS-TV/NBC-5, WFAA-TV/ABC and KERA.

Norma García is the main news anchor for KXTX Telemundo 39’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts in Dallas-Fort Worth.  An award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience in television news, she is also the host of “Enfoque Dallas,” a political news magazine featuring in-depth analysis of current affairs with a specific focus on the Hispanic community.

Peggy Fikac is the Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle, covering government and politics. She previously was deputy bureau chief for the newspapers, which merged their Austin bureaus in 2006, when she was Express-News bureau chief. She has been a reporter for the Associated Press and Austin correspondent for three Rio Grande Valley newspapers.

Ross Ramsey is executive editor of The Texas Tribune and continues as editor of Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter on government and politics in the Lone Star State, a role he's had since September 1998. Before joining Texas Weekly, Ramsey spent 17 years in journalism, reporting for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper's Austin bureau chief.

The Texas Primary Election is on March 4, with Early Voting getting underway in mid-February.

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