Area candidates in state, local races invited to Tuesday forum


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pasquotank and Camden voters will get a chance this week to question candidates in contested races for state and local offices.

The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Advance and the Northeastern N.C. League of Women Voters will host a candidates forum Tuesday evening at the Pasquotank County Courthouse.

The forum, which will be moderated by Mark Maland, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is scheduled just a day before early voting begins for the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election.

Holly Staples, president of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, said the forum is part of the Chamber’s effort to ensure voters are well-informed about candidates.

“We think it’s important to have the voters make an informed decision,” Staples said. “This is just another way for the candidates to talk about themselves and what’s important to them and give the voters some more information.”

Prior to the forum, the League of Women Voters will host a meet-and-greet reception with the candidates from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pasquotank County Library.

The candidates invited to participate in the forum include:

* Republican Ed Goodwin and Democrat Ron Wesson in N.C. House District 1;

* Democrat Cole Phelps and Republican Bob Steinburg in N.C. Senate District 1;

* Republican Phillip Smith and Democrat Howard Hunter III in N.C. House District 5;

* Democrat Rick Trevena and Republican Kevin Jones in the Camden sheriff’s race;

* Roger Morgan, Chris Purcell, Whitney “Sissy” Aydlett, Jason Banks, Tiffany Bounds and Eleanora Doane-Butts in the non-partisan race for three seats on the Camden Board of Education;

* Republicans Barry Overman and Josh Tunnell and Democrats Charles Jordan and Bill Sterritt in the race for two at-large seats on the Pasquotank Board of Commissioners;

* Democrat Joseph S. Winslow Jr. and Republican Sean Lavin in the Northern Outside race for Pasquotank commissioner;

* Republican Tommy S. Wooten II and Democrat Eddie Graham in Pasquotank sheriff’s race;

* Ron Payne, Sharon Warden and George Archuleta in the nonpartisan race for two Outside City seats on the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education.

In all, there are 25 candidates competing in the nine different contests.

The forum will be organized by individual races. The planned order for the evening is Camden Board of Education, Camden sheriff, Pasquotank Board of Education, Pasquotank commissioner, Pasquotank sheriff, and state House and state Senate.