UHD Partnering with KTRK, Univision for Congressional Debates on Sept. 26
By Cynthia Gonzales
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the host site for a debate featuring candidates running for seats in U.S. Congressional Districts 2 and 29.
The event, presented by KTRK ABC13 and Univision 45 KXLN, will be from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. The debate also will be streamed live online at ABC13.com and Univision.com.
Candidates running for U.S. Representative District 2 are Republican Daniel Crenshaw and Democrat Todd Litton. These candidates are vying for the seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe who announced last fall that he is giving up his seat after 14 years in office.
Republican Phillip Aronoff and Democrat Sylvia Garcia are competing for U.S. Representative District 29. Last November, U.S. Rep. Gene Green announced he was retiring after serving nearly 46 years in elected office, both at the state and national levels.
The event will be moderated by anchors from each station — Mayra Moreno (KTRK) and Osvaldo Corral (Univision). The upcoming debate will mark the third event presented by KTRK and Univision at UHD. Previous collaborations include the 2015 Mayor's Debate, the 2016 Sheriff's Debate and the DACA Town Hall.
Attendees must register here in advance for security purposes. Students are encouraged to ask questions on camera during each of the debates. Those interested in posing questions to the candidates also should contact Mike Emery, UHD director of communications at Emeryp@uhd.edu no later than 5 p.m., Sept. 24.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.