Trinity University announced in a press release Wednesday, Nov. 28 that it will host a discussion between Democratic state legislator Mike Villarreal and Republican legislator Donna Campbell from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in the Coates University Center Fiesta Room.
The free event, dubbed “The Hot Seat,” is being hosted in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, a non-partisan and non-profit media organization whose mission is to “promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concerns,” according to the Trinity press release.
The discussion will be moderated by Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief.
Villarreal, a San Antonio native and moderate Democrat, is currently serving his seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives. Villarreal earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and went on to earn a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is currently working on a doctorate in public policy at the University of Texas, Austin.
Campbell, a Tea Party supporter, was elected to her first term in the Texas State Senate after ousting seven-term incumbent Jeff Wentworth in the Republican primary election. Campbell has earned a master’s of nursing from Texas Women’s University and an M.D. from Texas Tech University.
Anyone interested in attending can reserve seating by registering on the Tribune’s website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.