Ninth Congressional district candidates Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Libertarian Curtis Campbell offered diverging views of government in an election forum Thursday night at Davidson College.
AUDIO REPLAY: Listen to replays of the three sessions below
Mr. Campbell, a registered nurse, said he would push to “completely eliminate quite a few departments” of the federal government. Meanwhile Ms. Roberts argued that spending money on infrastructure is key, and would help lure more business to the district.
Missing from the forum was the third candidate in the race, former state Sen. Robert Pittenger. His political director Brian Mullis said before the event that he would be campaigning elsewhere in the district on Thursday with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The forum drew several dozen people, including candidates and their aides. It was sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber, United Family Services, Lake Norman Political Association and DavidsonNews.net/ CorneliusNews.net.
Also on the program Thursday night were Q&As with six of the seven at-large candidates for Mecklenburg County Commission. They’re vying for all three at-large seats on the commission, which are vacant. Attending were Democrats are Pat Cotham and Trevor Fuller, both of Charlotte; Republicans Michael Hobbs, James Peterson and Wayne Powers, all of Charlotte; and Libertarian Jason Bateman. Democrat Kim Ratliff did not attend.
The forum wrapped up with a one-on-one matchup between the two candidates for the Mecklenburg County Commission District 1 seat, incumbent Republican Karen Bentley and Democratic challenger Keith Bradford.
(NOTE: David Boraks of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net was the moderator.)
Listen to an audio replay of the forums below. Click the play button to start. Each of the se
CONGRESS: Jennifer Roberts (D) and Curtis Campbell (L), listen below or CLICK HERE> (MP3, 35:27)
AT-LARGE COUNTY COMMISSION: Six of the seven candidates were present. They are, in order of speaking at the beginning, Michael Hobbs, Wayne Powers, James Peterson, Trevor Fuller, Pat Cotham and Jason Bateman. Listen below or CLICK HERE> (MP3, 41:28)
COUNTY COMMISSION District 1: Incumbent Karen Bentley meets Democrat Keith Bradford. Listen below or CLICK HERE> (MP3, 26:25)