DATE:  March 16, 2005
CONTACT: Phyllis Tedford, Instructor and Student Advisor, (361) 825-3711; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Political Groups to Host Bipartisan Forum on Smoking Ban

The College Republicans and the Democrats of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in a bipartisan effort, will present the “Smoking Ban Open Forum” on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Ballroom C.

The main speaker for the evening will be David Kesler, owner of Katz 21 Steak and Spirits and an active member of Citizens for Choice and Common Sense. Kesler will cover the background and timeline of the implementation of the smoking ban and give his viewpoint on how the issue affects businesses, customers, and property rights. 

The forum will also feature candidates for the upcoming mayoral and city council elections on Saturday, April 2. Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak about their position on the smoking ban. The floor will then be opened to the public for a question and answer session with Kesler and the candidates.