Oct. 12, 2012
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Candidates for District 15 Board of Education Race to Debate at WTAMU
CANYON, Texas—Student Government at West Texas A&M University will host a debate between the two candidates for the State Board of Education District 15 race at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall.
The two candidates—Marty Rowley (R-Amarillo) and Steven Schafersman (D-Midland)—are vying for the district seat that covers all of northwestern Texas and more than 70 counties. The debate will be moderated by Dr. Reed Welch, head of WTAMU’s Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.
“We hope the students and the community will come and hear the debate between these two candidates,” Nick Goettsche, student body president, said. “It’s a great opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say and where they stand on the various issues. It’s important to learn as much as we can before the November elections because the winning candidate will be making decisions that will affect all of us.”
Rowley spent more than 20 years as a board-certified attorney and seven years as a pastor and is a certified professional mediator. He is active in the community and currently serves as president of the Maverick boys and Girls Club of Amarillo. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Texas Tech School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University.
Schafersman currently works as a consulting scientist in Midland’s petroleum and environmental industries. He also has more than 20 years of teaching under his belt. Schafersman taught a variety of science courses through the years at several colleges and universities including Houston Community College, the University of Houston and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He earned a Ph.D. in geology at Rice University.