Early voting began yesterday, and if you're still undecided about who to vote for in the El Paso County Judge race, here's a chance to get up close and personal with the candidates. If you think debates are boring and uneventful, you should check out this one from a few years back - fast forward to the 6:40 mark! Candidate debates are cray cray!

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The El Paso County Judge is the most powerful elected official in the El Paso area. The County Judge presides over Commissioners Court, and they make the decision on how to spend your tax dollarsthroughout the County. They decide on how much money the Sheriff's Department will get each year, how much attorneys are paid when they represent people who are accused of a crime, but who can't afford a lawyer, and they decide how much money UMC will get each year. Those are just a few things Commissioners Court oversees. The County Judge is more powerful that the Mayor of El Paso because she, or he, votes on everything that comes before Commissioners Court. The Mayor only votes on issues before City Council when he, or she, needs to break a tie. That's why it's important to know your candidates and where they stand on issues.

Thursday, February 20th, you'll get that chance during a debate being held at Coronado High School. You'll not only hear from the candidates, you can submit questions to be answered by them. Check it out, and get out and vote! Early voting ends next Friday, February 28th. Election Day is Tuesday, March 4th.

What: El Paso County Judge Candidates Debate
Where: Kenneth Capshaw Auditorium at Coronado High School
When: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 20th
Submit questions: facebook.com/wefillintheblank or wefillintheblank.org or email at wefillintheblank@gmail.com.

Just so you don't think this is going to be a snoozer, check out the debate between current County Judge Veronica Escobar, current City Rep. Eddie Holguin, and candidate Aliana Apodaca last weekend on ABC7 Xtra.