Debates planned for Sept. 4-5

Image may contain: 2 people, text that says 'DEBATE BEST IN THE WEST: NORTH CAROLINA'S 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT FORUM FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 4TH Moderator Cory Vaillancourt, with Aisha Adams, Mark Barrett and Pete Kaliner Topics will nclude international, national, state and urban issues COL. MoE DAVIS (RET.) SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 5TH Moderator Cory Vaillancourt with Chris Cooper, Edward Lopez, and Principal Chief Richard Sneed Topics will include rural issues, native issues, and education DEBATES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED MADISON CAWTHORN'


Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, Ret.) will face off against Republican opponent Madison Cawthorn in a pair of debates to be hosted by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress and Smoky Mountain News. The “Best in the West: North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District forum,” on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 will be moderated by reporter Cory Vaillancourt with a diverse panel of guests who will question the candidates.

“I’m pleased we finally got an agreement from the other side to do debates,’’ Col. Davis said. “There are sharp contrasts — personally, professionally and politically — between me and Madison Cawthorn and debates will give voters an opportunity to learn more about us so they can make informed decisions. The debates are going to underscore the obvious … education, training and experience matters.”

The Sept. 4 debate will take place at Western Carolina University’s Biltmore Park campus and include questions from Lenoir-Rhyne University Equity and Diversity Institute developer Aisha Adams, former Asheville Citizen Times political reporter and current Mountain Xpress contributor Mark Barrett and Pete Kaliner, longtime N.C. political reporter, radio host and podcaster. The debate will focus on international, national, state and urban issues.

On Sept. 5, the candidates will be at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and questions on rural issues, native issues and education will come from WCU political science and public affairs department chair Chris Cooper, WCU professor of economics and director of WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise Edward Lopez and Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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