Two of the three candidates for the 9th Congressional District seat – Jennifer Roberts and Curtis Campbell – will answer voters’ questions during an election forum Thursday night, Oct. 11, at Davidson College. Former Republican state Sen. Robert Pittenger has opted out, saying he plans to campaign elsewhere in the district that night. The forum also includes candidates for Mecklenburg County Commission at-large and District 1.
The forum, organized by Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, will run from 7-9 p.m. in Chambers Hall’s Hance Auditorium (Room 4121) at the college, off North Main Street in Davidson. 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.
Ms. Roberts is a Democrat and a current member of the Mecklenburg County Commission. Mr. Campbell is a libertarian and registered nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
Mr. Pittenger, a former 3-term state Senator, is skipping the North Mecklenburg forum. His political director, Brian Mullis, told us he will be campaigning elsewhere in the district on Thursday 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.
COUNTY COMMISSION RACES
Voters in north Mecklenburg will vote in two races for Mecklenburg County Commission. Republican Commissioner Karen Bentley of Huntersville currently represents District 1, which includes the north Mecklenburg area. She’s facing a challenge from Democrat Keith Bradford of Huntersville.
All three at-large county commission seats are up for grabs on Nov. 6. Chair Harold Cogdell Jr. is stepping down, Commissioner Roberts is running for Congress, and Commissioner Jim Pendergraph ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in the 9th Congressional District.
Seeking to replace them are three Democrats, three Republicans and one libertarian. The Democrats are Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller, and Kim Ratliff, all of Charlotte. Republicans are Michael Hobbs, James Peterson and Wayne Powers, all of Charlotte. Jason Bateman is the Libertarian challenger.
Besides the chamber, Thursday’s forum is also sponsored by United Family Services, the Lake Norman Political Association, and DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net
For more information on the forums, contact the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 or visit lakenormanchamber.org
WANT TO GO?
THURSDAY, OCT. 11 – 7-9 pm, Davidson College Chambers Hall, Hance Auditorium (fourth floor, Room 4121), 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. Info on the LakeNormanChamber.org website. Sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber, United Family Services, Lake Norman Political Association and DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net.
Early voting for the Nov. 6 election begins Oct. 18 at various sites, including Cornelius Town Hall and the North County Regional Library in Huntersville. Download a flier with hours, addresses and other information at the Mecklenburg Board of Elections site, MeckBOE.org.