League of Women Voters plans four candidate forums
preparation for the upcoming Nov. 4 election, the Voter Service Team of
the League of Women Voters of Dare has planned four candidate forums.
will be one forum each for candidates in the races for the North
Carolina Senate and House of Representatives and for judicial and law
enforcement officials and two forums for candidates for the Dare County
Board of Commissioners, including one on Hatteras Island.
League-sponsored debates/forums are governed by the League’s own
non-partisan policy. All leagues bear the responsibility of
safeguarding this policy and the organization’s non-partisan
reputation. Particularly at the federal level, if one candidate
is unable to attend, leaving the debate/forum in an “empty chair”
debate, the debate should be canceled.
Board of Directors of the LWV Dare has therefore canceled the meeting
of the national candidates, complying with LWV guidelines, since one of
the candidates was unable to attend.
LWV Dare has been conducting candidate forums since 1988, providing an
opportunity for the public to become more informed about the issues and
the candidates running for office. As in the past, each forum
follows the LWV format, with an impartial moderator, and questions
posed from the audience, after an introductory statement by each
questions are first submitted in written form and must be legibly
signed so that LWV members may review the questions for subject matter,
clarity, relevance and also to avoid repetition. The questioner
will then step, when called, to the podium for posing the question. A
time limit of usually two minutes is allowed for each answer.
Finally, the candidates will each be given time for closing remarks.
The forums are:
first of the four forums for the N.C. Senate and House candidates will
be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Nags Head Elementary School, from 4 to 6
p.m. The candidates for state Senate, District 1 are Bill Cook
and Stan M. White. Candidates for the state House of
Representatives, District 6 are Paul Tine, and Mattie Lawson.
Dare County Commissioners’ forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, at
Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, from 7 to 9 p.m. This forum will be
broadcast on Channel 191 with the dates and time yet to be
announced. The candidates are: Jack Shea and Bobby Culpepper,
at-large seat; Margarette Midgett Umphlett and Virginia Simmons
Tillett, District 1; Beverly Gwyn Boswell and Max Dutton, District 2,
and Wally Overman and Sandy Semans Ross, also for District 1.
second forum for the Dare County Commissioners will be held on
Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Fessenden Center in Buxton from 7 to 9 p.m.
forum for judicial and law enforcement officials has been set for
Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Nags Head Commissioner’s Conference Room,
from 7 to 9 p.m. Candidates for District Attorney, District 1
are R. Andrew Womble and Nancy Lamb. The candidates for
Dare County Clerk of Superior Court are Dean M. Tolson and
Chrissy DeGabrielle Simmons. The candidates for Dare County Sheriff are
J.D (Doug) Doughtie and Terry Balance.
LWV urges candidates to conduct fair, issue-oriented campaigns.
The LWV believes that negative tactics have eroded voter confidence in
candidates and in government, and have reduced the ability of elected
officials to govern in an effective and cooperative manner.