Monitor to livestream McAllen city, school debates

The Monitor will host six separate debates sponsored by IBC Bank via livestream on its website,, beginning at noon Wednesday, April 17.

The debates will feature candidates for the two contested McAllen City Commission races and the four contested McAllen ISD places. The candidates will make their case about why they’re best suited for elected office.

Topics up for debate for city candidates will include recent immigration news, business and retail growth, infrastructure concerns, and any local political matters that have recently dominated headlines.

School board hopefuls will tackle topics such as curriculum, increasing enrollment, facility needs, testing standards and teacher pay.

The Monitor may also use questions from the public during the debates. On April 9, The Monitor will begin asking its readers for questions via its social media pages.

“We hope that by hosting these debates, The Monitor will not only educate readers about the candidates to help them make more-informed decisions at the polls, but engage them in the process, and seeing the results of their participation in real-time,” said Stephan Wingert, publisher and editor of The Monitor. “We have also decided on a traditional format that cuts to the chase on the issues and provides readers with an unfiltered and honest portrayal of where each candidate stands on the matters that are important to the public.”

Monitor staff writers Naxiely Lopez-Puente and Mitchell Ferman will serve as the moderators for the school district and city debates, respectively.

The debates are not open to the public.

If you can’t watch the debates live, each debate will be available to watch on

The following is the debate schedule.

>> Wednesday, April 17

Noon – City of McAllen District 4 candidates Joe Califa and Tania Ramirez

>> Thursday, April 18

Noon – McAllen ISD Place 4 candidates Tony Forina and Gina Karam-Millin

2 p.m. – McAllen ISD Place 5 candidates Daniel Vela and Don Delaney

>> Friday, April 19

8:30 a.m. – McAllen ISD Place 1 candidates Marco Suarez and Juan Cano

10 a.m. – McAllen ISD Place 2 candidates Conrado Alvarado and Lynse Guerra

Noon – City of McAllen District 5 candidates John Ingram, Victor Haddad and Mark Murray