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Forums to quiz candidates for 9th District, County Commission

Congressional candidates Roberts and Campbell

Congressional candidates Roberts (left) and Campbell

Area voters will be able to question candidates twice over the next two weeks when the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts candidate forums in Davidson and Huntersville. The first this Thursday, Oct. 4, at CPCC’s Huntersville campus features candidates for N.C. House District 92 and Mecklenburg County Commission District 1. Then on Thursday, Oct. 11, two of the three candidates for U.S. Congress District 9 will face questions, followed by candidates for the at-large and District 1 county commission seats.

The 9th District forum will be short one candidate. Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Libertarian Curtis Campbell will be there. But former state Sen. Robert Pittenger will be campaigning that day and doesn’t plan to attend the Davidson forum, according to his staff.

HUNTERSVILLE FORUM

Thursday’s forum is 7-9 p.m. at the Merancus Campus (formerly North Campus) of Central Piedmont Community College, 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. The moderator will be Callan Bryan, the chamber’s public policy chairman and a lawyer with Vandiver and Bryan.

Democrat Robin Bradford and Republican Charles Jeter, both candidates to represent N.C. House District 92, will answer questions. The district was redrawn last year as part of a statewide redistricting and now includes an area from the west side of Huntersville south to Pineville.

Then incumbent Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley, a Republican, will face off against Democratic challenger Keith Bradford. Commission District 1 includes north Mecklenburg.

Also at Thursday’s forum, Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson will give a presentation on three town bond packages totaling $30 million that are up for a vote in November. Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain will speak on why the bonds are important to the future of the town. Three bonds up include $17,850,000 for transportation improvements; $7.15 million for public improvements in the town including firefighting and other public safety facilities; and $5 million for parks and recreation.

DAVIDSON FORUM OCT. 11 – PITTENGER OUT

Former Republican state Sen. Robert Pittenger has opted out of the Oct. 11 forum at Davidson College that includes the other two candidates for the 9th District Congressional seat: Democrat and current Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts and Libertarian Curtis Campbell facing questions.

The forum is from 7-9 p.m. in Chambers Hall’s Hance Auditorium (Room 4121) at the college, off North Main Street in Davidson. Also appearing that night are the candidates for Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners at large and the district one race. The moderator will be David Boraks, editor and publisher of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net.

The 9th Congressional district seat is currently held by Republican Sue Myrick, who is retiring. The district’s boundaries have been redrawn, and now stretch from Union County to south Iredell County, including north Mecklenburg, and the towns of Davidson and Cornelius.

Mr. Pittenger, a former 3-term state Senator, is skipping the North Mecklenburg forum. His political director, Brian Mullis, said he will be campaigning elsewhere in the district on Oct. 11 with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Ms. Roberts and Mr. Pittenger have already faced one another in one debate, Sept. 26 at the Charlotte Chamber.

CHAMBER SPONSORS FORUMS

The two forums are sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, United Family Services, and the Lake Norman Political Association. The Davidson forum also is co-sponsored by DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net

“The chamber is pleased to provide a forum for our business members and the voters of our local communities to educate themselves on the candidates and issues impacting our local communities. While the Chamber does not endorse candidates, we do believe in the principles of good government and it is very important voters know where candidates stand on spending and services,” chamber president Bill Russell said.

For more information on the forums, contact the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 or visit lakenormanchamber.org

WANT TO GO?

THURSDAY, OCT. 4 – 7-9 p.m., CPCC Merancas Campus (North Campus), 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville – Lake Norman Chamber Election 2012 forum with candidates for NC House District 92 and Mecklenburg County Commission District 1. Also, information about the Huntersville bond package. Moderated by Callan Bryan, the chamber’s public policy chairman. Info on the LakeNormanChamber.org website.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11 – 7-9 pm, Davidson College Chambers Hall, Hance Auditorium, Davidson – Lake Norman Chamber Election 2012 forum with candidates for District 9 Congressional seat, Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Libertarian Curtis Campbell. (Republican candidate Robert Pittenger not attending.) Also, candidates for Mecklenburg County Commissioner at-large and District 1 seats. Moderated by David Boraks, editor and publisher of CorneliusNews.net and DavidsonNews.net. Info on the LakeNormanChamber.org website. Sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber, United Family Services, Lake Norman Political Association and DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net.

RELATED LINKS

Jennifer Roberts’ official site, VoteJenniferRoberts.com, including word of a new poll of likely voters that shows the two candidates neck-and-neck, with 38 percent for Pittenger, 37 percent for Roberts, 22 percent undecided.

Robert Pittenger’s official website, RobertPittenger.com

Curtis Campbell website

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David Boraks is the founder and editor of Davidson News LLC, which started in 2006 as a neighborhood blog and evolved into a regional community news network. He is a print, magazine, web and radio journalist, with experience in every nook and cranny of the news world, covering everything from local news to Fortune 100 companies to technology to Asia. He lives on South Street in Davidson, in a house that was at the center of a 1914 murder case. Ask him and he'll tell you that story.

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