Forums, Voice debate to spotlight local candidates
The Outer Banks Voice and Max Radio of the Carolinas will host their inaugural debate on Oct. 8, with seven of the candidates for the Dare County Board of Commissioners expected to participate.
Later in the month, the League of Women Voters of Dare will offer three forums.
The debate will start at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.The Voice staff, with input from other media outlets, is putting together a list of questions. Unlike the more familiar forum format, office-seekers will be able to address opponents while answering questions and in a short rebuttal period after each round.
With so many candidates, it is not certain how many questions can be asked during the two hours allotted for the debate.
In a letter to the candidates, the Voice informed the candidates that it was up to them to determine if the event looks more like a forum or a debate. Our only rule is to keep criticisms of opponents civil.
The public is invited to the debate at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills, and the Voice will also be video taping the event and recording audio for publication on our website.
Russ Lay and Sam Walker will be asking the questions. The moderator will be announced shortly.
Also in a run-up to the Nov. 6 election, the League of Women Voters has planned three voter forums.
The LWV has been conducting forums since 1988.
As in the past, each forum will follow the same format beginning with each candidate giving a three-minute introductory statement. Following those statements, candidates will respond to questions from the audience.
The format requires voters to submit written questions, legibly signed. League members will review the questions for subject matter, clarity and relevance to avoid repetition. After screening, the signer will be asked to step to the podium and pose the question to the candidates.
The moderator will continue to preside. A time limit of two minutes is allowed for each answer.
Each candidate is entitled to make a two-minute closing statement.
The first of the three will be the North Carolina Senate and House Forum, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The moderator will be LWV Co-President Lin Logan with candidates for state Senate Stan White and William Cook; for U.S.Congressional District 3 Walter Jones and Eric Anderson; and for state House District Mattie Lawson and Paul Tine.
The Dare County Commissioners Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Nags Head Meeting Room from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The moderator will be Pat Haresch. Candidates are: District 1, Richard Johnson vs. Alfred Jackson and write-in candidate Sandy Semans-Ross.; District 2, Robert Muller vs. Robert Woodard; District 3, Warren Judge; District 4: Allen Burrus vs. Kevin Conner.
The third forum, also with Dare County Commissioner candidates, will be held Sunday, Oct. 21. at the Avon Fire Station from 2 to 4 p.m. LWV Voter Service chair Mary Ellen Hawthorne and LWV Vice President Judy Krahenbuhl will moderate this event.
A code of election ethics pledge was sent to each of the forum candidates, emphasizing a value-based platform stressing four principles: honesty, fairness, respect and responsibility.
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