Debate series to continue with NC House candidates

The second in a series of political debates sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Joe Sam Queen

Joe Sam Queen

The debate will feature candidates in the N.C. House of Representatives District 119 race, which pits incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) against Mike Clampitt (R-Swain). It will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus.

The WCU Political Debate Series will wrap up Thursday, Oct. 2, with the contenders for the N.C. Senate District 50 seat, with incumbent Jim Davis (R-Macon) and opponent Jane Hipps (D-Haywood). That debate also will be held in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building beginning at 7 p.m.

The debate series got underway Thursday, Sept. 4, with opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Tom Hill (D-Henderson).

All debates are being broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on www.wlos.com.

Mike Clampitt

Mike Clampitt

Topics discussed during each of the debates are selected from questions submitted in advance to the PPI. Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to ppi@wcu.edu, and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.

For more information about the WCU Political Debate Series, contact the Public Policy Institute at 828-227-3898.