League of Women Voters announces dates for three candidate forums

Press release from the League of Women Voters of Asheville – Buncombe County:

Voters will have an opportunity to meet local candidates in a series of public forums in September and October, announced the League of Women Voters of Asheville – Buncombe County. The forum will be held throughout the county and roughly divided by representative, particularly based on the County Commissioner seats. All forums will be held from 6:00-7:30 and audience questions will be taken.

September 20, Black Mountain Library
Invited candidates include those for seats in NC Senate 49 (Van Duyn seat), NC Rep 115 (Ager seat), County Commissioner District 2 (Frost seat), and Reynold school district.

September 26, West Asheville Library
Invited candidates include those for seats in NC Rep 114 (Fisher seat), County Commissioner District 1 (Whitesides seat), Erwin school district, Sheriff and Soil & Water races

October 2, Leicester Library
Invited candidates include those for seats in NC Senate 48 (Edwards seat), NC Rep 116 (Turner seat), County Commissioner District 3 (Pressley seat), and Enka school district.
Although midterm elections are usually seen as significant as the presidential election years, the midterms can be significant in other ways. North Carolinians will be voting for important seats like the US House, NC Senate and House, NC Supreme and Appeals court, as well as local seats including county commissioners, local district court judges, Soil & Water Conservation district, Sheriff, and multiple school boards.

“This is a huge election,” says League Board President, Alana Pierce. “There are so many important seats on the ballot, not to mention the constitutional amendments that affect our democratic process, like voter ID and judicial appointment.”

“And it actually goes beyond the next couple of years,” continues Pierce. “The state senate politicians will still be in office for the 2020 census and for the redistricting process after that.” North Carolina has garnered national attention for court rulings on racial and partisan gerrymandering and the League and other partner organizations continue to fight for fair and transparent redistricting process.

“People are excited and engaged for this year’s midterm elections, more so than any other midterm election that we’ve seen, and this will be great opportunity to put faces to names and voice your concerns to future officials.”

The League encourages everyone to be an educated voter. If you are not able to attend the forums, you can also visit Vote411.org for your candidate answers to questions and information on your voter registration status, early voting, polling locations and more.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
For more questions or more information about the League of Women Voters, contact us at info@lwvab.org or 828-333-0893.

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