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Another Candidate Debate/Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at ASU’s Broyhill Events Center, Foxx Declines Invite

By Jesse Wood Oct. 15, 2012. As part of the ASU Department of Communication’s Fall Debate Series, candidates for the N.C. House and Senate, U.S. House and Watauga County Board of Commissioners will pitch their candidacy on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Broyhill Events Center inside the Helen Powers Grand Hall. Participants include candidates for the 93rd District of the N.C. House – Jonathan Jordan and Cullie Tarleton; 45th District of the N.C. Senate – Dan Soucek and Roy Carter; the Watauga County Board of Commissioners – Tommy Adams, Vince Gable, Billy Kennedy, Virginia Roseman, John Welch and Perry Yates; and N.C. 5th District of U.S. House – Elisabeth Motsinger. Virginia Foxx, who resides in the High Country, declined her invitation participate, according to a release from ASU. A representative from Foxx’s campaign hasn’t returned a phone call as of Monday morning. The event, which is presented by AppSpeaks, College Democrats, College REpublicans and the SGA, is open to the public and is free to attend. A reception will follow the forum. For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Motter at 828-262-7527 or email him at motterjb@appstate.edu.

Testing Civility as Election Day Nears, For N.C. House, Tarleton, Jordan Slam Each Other with ‘False’ Claims

By Jesse Wood Oct. 14, 2012. Well, Watauga County Republican Party Chair Matthew Snyder hit the nail on the head. When asked about civility of the political races in August, Snyder said the tone has been “pretty smooth,” but he expected to see more “passion” once Election Day was closer. Last Tuesday, incumbent Jonathan Jordan and challenger Cullie Tarleton, candidates running for the 93rd District of the N.C. House, exhibited that passion at the courthouse during the “Meet the Candidate Forum” hosted by the Boone Area Chamber. While civility was maintained on the outside, the two candidates were visibly steaming like broccoli on the inside. In closing remarks, Jordan addressed Tarleton’s claims that Jordan and his cohorts in legislature laid off gobs of teachers by saying, “So when he says I fired local teachers, that is absolutely false, and I would go further, but this is a nice gentlemanly debate.” Both Jordan and Tarleton, who was defeated by Jordan in 2010, contend that the other is disseminating false information. Jordan Lays Into Tarleton About Bill Concerning Private Wells At the candidate forum, though, it wasn’t until Chamber President Dan Meyer, acting as the moderator, asked a question, which was handed …

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Word for Word: Candidates for N.C. House, Tarleton and Jordan Speak at Boone Chamber Candidate Forum

Compiled by Jesse Wood Oct. 10, 2012. On Tuesday night, the Boone Area Chamber presented the “Meet the Candidate Forum” at the Watauga County Courthouse. Chamber President Dan Meyer asked a variety of questions to challenger Cullie Tarleton and incumbent Jonathan Jordan – the candidates running for the 93rd District in the N.C. House. (Candidates for N.C. Senate, Roy Carter and incumbent Dan Soucek, answered the same questions here.) Jordan and Tarleton provided the most heated exchanges of the night and responded with answers pertaining to extra-territorial jurisdictions (ETJs), education cuts, ASU, unemployment insurance and the very “contentious” school calendar mandate which interestingly enough originates from lobbyists for businesses that derive revenue from summer tourism. Each response was limited to one minute. After the questions, the candidates were allowed two minutes to pitch their candidacy in a closing statement. Below is a complete transcript of the candidate’s answers. Parts of a few responses were inaudible and are noted so in the transcription. Also in a few cases, a candidate’s response was slightly edited for clarity. Don’t feel like reading? Check back later for full audio and video of the candidate’s responses. Meyer: What do you consider to be the number …

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House Candidate Cullie Tarleton (D-NC) Fundraiser at Papa Joe’s Restaurant in Blowing Rock Sept. 25

Sept. 18, 2012. Albert Yount, Bill and Joellyn Gibbons and Leigh and Pamela Dunston will host a fundraiser for Cullie Tarleton, candidate for the N. C. House of Representatives, on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Papa Joe’s Restaurant, located at 8062 Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock. The event is open to the public and donations can be made at the door. For more information, call 828-295-3353.

Bills for Boone’s ETJ, Water Intake Die Today; Soucek’s and Jordan’s Opponents in November Election Speak Out

By Jesse Wood July 3, 2012. As the General Assembly wraps up its Regular Session of the 2011-2012 biennium today, local bills that affect the Town of Boone were pushed to the wayside and left to die in committee. Those bills in question include Sen. Dan Soucek’s sponsored Senate Bill 949, which would strip Boone’s ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction) rights and Rep. Jonathan Jordan’s sponsored House Bill 1227, which would null and void the state’s water reclassification needed for Boone to construct its four million-gallons-per-day raw water intake facility on the New River. The Regular Session of the 2012-13 biennium won’t won’t meet until January 30, 2013 – a few months after the General Election, which could decide if these two bills make their way back into the General Assembly. Both Jordan and Soucek are running for re-election. Soucek told High Country Press yesterday that he vowed to take a “leadership role” regarding ETJs across the High Country and the state in the future – no matter what happens this session. Jordan could not be reached for comment.  Opponents of both Jordan and Soucek in November’s General Election have been vocal about both of these issues affecting Boone.  In November, Soucek is running against Roy J. …

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Tarleton Aims to Reclaim Jordan’s 93rd District Seat and ‘Restore Some Common Sense Back Into the Legislature’

By Ron Fitzwater March 10, 2012. BLOWING ROCK – It wasn’t even a question for Cullie Tarleton whether or not he would make a run at taking back the 93rd District seat he lost in 2010 to Representative Jonathan Jordan. “In November of 2010, when I lost, I filed in the back of my mind that I would certainly consider running again. I enjoyed it, it was a privilege for me to serve. After redistricting, they left the [93rd] District, as it was and didn’t make any changes, so it just made sense for me to do it.” Openly admitting most of it was coming from long-time supporters, some out of Raleigh, Tarleton said he received “a lot of encouragement” to run again. In reflecting on what happened in 2010 and how to prevent a repeat, Tarleton said that he was in the camp of people who believe the driving force behind the Republican/Tea Party victories across the state was one man, Art Pope. “You know, the Senate and the House, is the best Legislature that Art Pope could buy. He is personally responsible for many of the victories that occurred in 2010 by the amount of money he spent.” …

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