The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

September 17, 2012

Forum offers a glimpse of candidates

Monday, September 17, 2012 — The political season is in full swing, with signs dotting the Stanly County landscape and candidate ads appearing on television, radio, newspapers and numerous portable electronic devices. We also have the campaign finance reports that everyone loves or loves to hate, depending on which side of the spectrum you’re on.

A committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss a political forum, which will be from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 10. Forum sponsors The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, The Stanly News & Press, 1010 WSPC AM and Stanly Community College, plus representatives from the Stanly County Democratic and Republican parties, conferred over the rules for the forum, which are basically the same as with the previous forums.

Each candidate will have time to briefly introduce themselves and answer two to three questions, depending on allotted time.

The schedule of participants is as follows:

5 p.m. — School Board

6:15 p.m. — County Commission

7:10 p.m. — Register of Deeds

7:50 p.m. — N.C. House

8:30 p.m. — N.C. Senate

9 p.m. — End of Forum

There will be short breaks in between each group, however, audience members are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they catch the contests they want to learn about the most, if not all of them.

Representatives from 1010 WSPC and The Stanly News & Press will prepare the questions for the forum, but we do encourage readers and listeners to submit questions for consideration. Questions for any of the races may be emailed to us at The SNAP via bj@stanlynewspress.com prior to Sept. 24.

We encourage everyone to attend this forum to become better informed about these political contests. Observe how the candidates react to the questions and handle the pressure of speaking before an audience, much like one they will face if elected.

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