Brevard College groups will hosts 11th Congressional District debates, March 22 & March 26


Brevard College in Brevard, N. C. will host a pair of key congressional debates that will shape the race for the state’s 11th Congressional District.

The debates are sponsored by the Brevard College Debate Society and Young Politicians of America.

“We are pleased to offer a venue where citizens and students can participate in our country’s rich tradition of spirited political discourse,” said Associate Professor of Political Communications Ralph Hamlett. “Our goal with each debate is to provide a platform that will allow voters of the 11th Congressional District to hear the positions of candidates from both political parties.”

Democratic candidates Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill will square off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Republican candidates Spence Campbell, Jeff Hunt, MarkMeadows, Vance Patterson, Chris Petrella and Kenny West will debate at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26. Both debates, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College.

WLOS news anchor Darcel Grimes will serve as the lead moderator for the Democratic debate. A panel of media representatives from the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Transylvania Times and Waynesville Mountaineer will also participate.

WLOS news anchor Frank Fraboni will moderate the Republican debate. A panel of media representatives from the Asheville Citizen-Times, Hendersonville Times-News and the Transylvania Times will participate.

Following the debates, audience members will have an opportunity to meet informally with the candidates.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ralph Hamlett at (828) 648-8133, or


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