Current District Attorney John Hubert and the Democratic representative for DA Nathan Fugate, participated in a candidate forum for both candidates to give insight on issues that are affecting Kleberg and Kenedy County. A number of questions were answered on different topics from prosecuting checkpoint cases locally in Kleberg, the decriminalization of Marijuana, plea bargain cases, asset forfeiture and the usage of security cameras in the local courthouse.
The forum hosted by the Javelina Press Club and Kingsville Record and Bishop News was the second of two local candidate forums that took place in the Jones Auditorium both in the month of Oct. Moderated by Tim Acosta of the Kingsville Record and Bishop News, questions were asked by Acosta with the closing questions being submitted by audience members in attendance the night of the forum for the DA race.
“It’s great were trying to inform the voters and get everyone more involved in local politics. I think this is a good thing.” Fugate said during his opening statement of the forum.
A rebuttal opportunity was given to each representative after the opposing candidate finished answering. Both Fugate and Hubert held similar and not so similar ideas for different topics around the county but both kept cool heads during periods of disagreement.
The subject getting the most attention with disagreements dealt with the usage of a security camera that used to be in the county court house. The issue dealing with captured video and audio surrounding the areas of the local court house and how that information was being used. The question was the last topic discussed by both candidates before the closing statements with Fugate claiming he has sources that told him “John Hubert grabbed a chair put it under the camera and yanked it down.” Hubert had a quick rebuttal to the claim made by Fugate saying “Court documents show that it was turned off long before anyone ever complained about it and it was left in place because why take it down.”
Both candidates finished with closing statements addressing the audience on why each of them would be a better decision for DA than their opponent. To see both forums that were held in Jones Auditorium in its entirety visit the Javelina Broadcast Network on YouTube and view the candidate forums. Voting starts Nov. 8 with early voting starting on Oct. 24-29 and again on Oct.