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CPG Partners with KXAN and CLASS to present an Austin Mayoral Debate

Wed April 22, 2009 at Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

In partnership with KXAN Austin News and the student organization CLASS, the Center will present an Austin Mayoral Debate among candidates David Buttross, Josiah Ingalls, Lee Leffingwell, Brewster McCracken, and Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Broadcast live, the debate is the only major broadcast, multi-platform Austin Mayoral debate.

The debate will be moderated by KXAN Austin News anchor, Robert Hadlock. Panelists include CPG Director Veronica Vargas Stidvent; Bruce Hight from the Austin American Statesman; and Cathy Kincaid, Executive Editor of the Community Impact Newspaper.

The public has opportunities to submit questions via the KXAN website and Twitter. Members of the debate audience are also able to submit questions on the evening of the debate.

KXAN Poll: Voters split on mayoral candidates

The debate is made possible by generous underwriters:

ABC Home and Commercial Services

K&L Gates

Community Impact Newspaper

Grande Communications

Jorge de la Rosa Fund


Advised by CPG Fellow Sherri Greenberg, Citizens for Local and State Service (CLASS) is a student-run organization at the LBJ School of Public Affairs dedicated to bringing more attention to the importance of involvement in our local communities. By moving beyond the walls of the classroom, CLASS creates hands-on opportunities to involve and familiarize students with the machinery of state and local government.


Given the time restraints of the live broadcast debate, only the three leading candidates were originally invited, and each accepted. Invitations to the debate were based on four very specific parameters. The criteria included endorsements from both civic groups and editorial boards, fundraising statistics, and polling data. On April 21, two of the three campaigns requested that we consider extending the invitations to all candidates.In the interest of providing voters with the best information to prepare them for the polls, we will proceed with a format that includes all five candidates. Both the LBJ School and KXAN Austin News are committed to a fair and informative public forum. The debate was broadcast live on KXAN and online at The debate started immediately following KXAN Austin News at 6:00 PM.Information about all the candidates can be found on the interactive KXAN debate web page.


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