By Jesse Wood
If you missed the Boone Area Chamber’s candidate forum earlier this week, High Country Press has you covered with video of the entire event. Several videos are featured below, and they are separated, for the most part, by the local races.
Yesterday, High Country Press published the closing statements of all of the candidates that attended the forum.
Most of the candidates for U.S. House District 5, N.C. 24th Judicial District, Watauga County Board of Education, Watauga County Board of Commissioners, N.C. Governor, N.C. Senate District 45 and N.C. House District 93 attended. Note that the judicial candidates gave a statement, while other candidates participated in a round-robin Q&A format.
Becca Eggers-Gryder, candidate for 24th Judicial District
Josh Teague, candidate for 24th Judicial District
Watauga County Board of Commissioners
Six candidates are running for three seats on the Watauga County Board of Commissioners, which is broken into five districts. Three of those district seats are up for election:
- District 1: Perry Yates (I) (R) v. Diane Blanks (D)
- District 2: Elizabeth Shukis v. Welch (I) (D)
- District 4: David Blust (I) (R) v. Larry Turnbow (D)
Watauga County Board of Education
Incumbents Barbara Kinsey, Brenda Reese and Ron Henries and former education board member Steve Combs are running for three seats on the school board.
NC’s Fifth Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx is being challenged by Josh Brannon.
State House, State Senate and N.C. Governor Races
Gov. Pat McCrory and gubernatorial challenger Roy Cooper didn’t grace the stage with their presence on Tuesday, but libertarian Lon Cecil did. Candidates for N.C. House District 93 – incumbent Republican Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Democratic challenger Sue Counts – and N.C. Senate 45 District (Republican Rep. Deanna Ballard and Democratic challenger Art Sherwood – also answered questions from the moderator.