With Election Day on the near horizon, voters have an opportunity to learn more about local candidates by attending the 2012 Candidates’ Forum hosted by the King Chamber of Commerce.
The forum will be held in the Community Room of the Stokes Family YMCA on Moore Road in King on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about those who are running for Stokes County School Board, the North Carolina General Assembly and other offices this year.
Deanne Moore, executive director of the King Chamber, said this is something the Chamber tries to sponsor every election season. As of Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble was confirmed to be attending from 7 to 8 p.m. Others confirmed to be participating in the event were N.C. Rep. Bryan Holloway and challenger Nelson Cole and candidate for N.C. Senate Ric Marshall. School board candidates will also participate.
The forum is not a debate format, said Moore, but a format where candidates have three minutes to tell why they are running for office and another three minutes to address what they perceive to be the priority issues of that office and how they would meet those challenges. If time is left, candidates will be asked questions submitted by the audience prior to the start that have been screened by organizers. Attendees can also write questions on cards with their contact information and submit them to candidates for a response if their questions did not get asked during the forum.
The Stokes News hopes to stream the event live at thestokesnews.com. Check the website next Monday to read an update about plans for the forum.
Voter registration ends
Voter registration ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 for the General Election to be held on Nov. 6. Those who miss the registration deadline but are eligible to register to vote can register and vote at the same time at One Stop absentee voting locations.
One Stop voting begins at the Danbury Board of Elections Office, 1012 Main Street in Danbury, on Oct. 18 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. One Stop will extend to King Public Library and Walnut Cove Fire Department on Oct. 29 and will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. One Stop voting ends at all locations at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3.
For more information about candidates or voting, call the Stokes Board of Elections at 336-593-2409 or visit www.co.stokes.nc.us/vote/.