The Western Carolina University Political Debate Series will continue in October with sessions featuring candidates for two state legislative seats representing Western North Carolina.
The series resumes Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a debate by the candidates in the N.C. House of Representatives District 119 race, incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) and Mike Clampitt (R-Swain).
The series will conclude Thursday, Oct. 27, with the contenders for the N.C. Senate District 50 seat, incumbent Jim Davis (R-Macon) and opponent Jane Hipps (D-Haywood).
The series, sponsored by WCU’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, began Sept. 23 with a debate by opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Rick Bryson (D-Swain).
All debates are held in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus. Each debate will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on www.wlos.com. The events are open to the public free of charge. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Debate organizers are seeking questions from WNC voters to be asked during the debates. Questions relevant to the races for N.C. House of Representatives District 119 and N.C. Senate District 50 should be submitted to the Public Policy Institute prior to each debate. Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to email@example.com, and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.
For more information about the WCU Political Debate Series, contact the Public Policy Institute at 828-227-3898.
By Bill Studenc