Debates set for Jackson commissioner races, other races on Nov. 6 ballot
JACKSON COUNTY -- One of Southwestern Community College’s Social Problems classes plans to host a series of three political debates throughout the fall semester -- including one for the candidates vying for the three seats up for grabs this fall on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
“These debates are a big part of what the students are doing for this class,” said Dr. Bucky Dann, professor of the class. “They will be responsible for coming up with various questions on pressing current issues, and candidates will then be given a chance to respond. It really gives the students an opportunity to be a part of the democratic process in a unique way.” One of the SCC students, Bryson Watson, is listed as a Cashiers resident.
County commissioner races
The first debate is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Burrell Conference Center on SCC’s Jackson Campus. It will feature the Jackson commissioner candidates.
These races include (candidates listed in alphabetical order):
• Chairman -- Republican Ron Mau and Democrat incumbent Brian McMahan.
• District 1 -- Republican incumbent Charles Elders and Democrat Gayle Woody.
• District 2 -- Republican Doug Cody and Democrat incumbent Boyce Deitz.
State rep race
The second debate is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and will also be in the Burrell Conference Center on SCC’s Jackson Campus. It will host candidates for the N.C. State Assembly -- incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Clampitt and Democrat Joe Sam Queen.
State Senate race
The third debate is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25, again in the Burrell Conference Center on SCC’s Jackson Campus. It will host candidates for the N.C. State Senate -- incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Davis and Democrat Robert Kuppers.
All three debates are free and open to the public.
“I’m mostly excited to see how candidates answer what questions we come up with,” said Tristin Goode, a student in the Social Problems class heading up the event. “But, I’m also excited to see just how much affiliated political party affects the answers the candidates give. That’ll be pretty interesting.”
For information about the debates, email Dr. Dann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 828-339-4475.
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