Low turnout at Nacogdoches candidate forum

By: Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches City Commission candidates turned out for a "get to know the candidates" forum tonight. Unfortunately they didn't have too many people to meet.

The turnout was bleak. About 35 people, many of them city and chamber employees attended the chamber sponsored event.

Mayoral candidates Roger Van Horn and Richard Johnson have oppossing views on many of the isssues, but their responses about tonight's turnout were the same.

Candidate Richard Johnson said, "I was totally disappointed in the turnout. The voters of Nacogdoches need to become involved in their community."

Incumbent Mayor Roger Van Horn said, "I think they can learn from this that we need to start earlier. We need to declare it weeks ahead and people get excited about it."

Despite the low numbers, all the candidates gave their full attention to all the questions. The event was emceed by East Texas News' Taylor Hemness. The proposed federal prison, economic development, and the city budget were the hot topics addressed.