With debates and forums in the air, Texas A&M University Kingsville is opening their doors to all candidates this semester. Recently Peacock Auditorium opened their doors for the District Attorney race to John Hubert, local district attorney and Nathan Fugate, criminal defense attorney, on October 6 at 7 p.m.
The debate consisted of two Student Government Association members and students, Ebenezer “Tosin” Oloba majoring in Chemical Engineering and Ethen Peña, majoring in History and Political Science, as mediators. Along with Crime-stoppers member and student, Christopher Martinez, mediator for debate.
Discussions about law-enforcement, cameras, safety, drugs, and sexual assault we made throughout the debate.
When asked, “How will you work with local law-enforcement to insure the citizens safety? By Oloba and Peña. “Basically I’ve been working with law-enforcement for an entire time. We provide equipment, cars, cameras, and tracking—all these equipment for our law-enforcement and work with our law-enforcement and I have never refused to help a law-enforcement officer. We are always accessible,” said Hubert.
On Hubert’s left, his debate opponent Fugate said “I’ve talked to every law-enforcement agencies in these two counties. I hear what they say and they are busting their tails and doing great police work but talk to anyone you know, there is no communication between the D.A’s office and theirs. We’re going to do intake with all offices and go directly to them. We need to communicate better with law-enforcement. I agree with body cams and they can break or make every case and every cop should have one on. We need to make that happen.”
Back and forth questions and answers were made between both candidates about cameras in their office. Where Fugate stated that Hubert had taken his cameras down after cases and didn’t ask for permission to record for years.
In an auditorium full of approximately 30 audience members, Peña asked, “How will you be able to deal with clients and/or families hating you?” Fugate said “I’ve had had some of the worse clients that didn’t like me. I’ve dealt with hatred towards me. I should mention this but I’m a little angry right now. Only my family can make me leave this practice that I love.” Fugate went on to say that his son became a victim of a violent crime at the age of 14 in 2014 in Willacy County. His son asked him how he was mentally capable to defend people who are accused of doing horrible things. “I want to seek justice for victims because my son was a victim.”
Hubert racing to maintain his position said, “I’ve had death threats, stares, and many more. I go after criminals and I’m not going to be intimidated. People will hate you and go after you. Why. Because you have to do the right thing every time. So yes, I will be making enemies. You can’t be afraid to make enemies.”
At the end, both candidates thanked the audience and the Student Government Association for having them at Peacock Auditorium and talk about their race.