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The four Waco City Council candidates running for the District 1 seat will answer questions Wednesday night at a forum.

The four Waco City Council candidates looking to win the District 1 seat of the late Wilbert Austin in the May 5 election will answer questions at a Wednesday evening forum.

Nonprofit executive Andrea Barefield, retiree Cecil McDowell, pizzeria manager Luis Guevara and businessman Dwayne Banks are set to face East Waco constituents at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the city’s multipurpose center, 1020 Elm Ave.

The seat is currently held by Noah Jackson Jr., who is not seeking re-election. The Waco City Council appointed Jackson in June, days before Austin died. The district’s longest-serving city councilman had battled stomach cancer.

District 1 includes East Waco, Texas State Technical College, McLennan Community College, Cameron Park, Timbercrest and portions of both North and South Waco.

A “meet and greet” runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.

Also participating in the forum are the two candidates for the Waco Independent School District seat: District 1 incumbent Norman Manning and challenger Ashley Womack. The school district seat includes East Waco and parts of North and South Waco.

Early voting for the May 5 election begins Monday.

District 1 city council map

District 1 includes East Waco, Texas State Technical College, the McLennan Community College/Cameron Park area, Timbercrest and part of South Waco.

Phillip Ericksen joined the Tribune-Herald in March 2015 as a sports copy editor. That November, he joined the news team. He has covered higher education, city hall, politics and crime.

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