The three candidates competing for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth District U.S. House race will debate at least twice in the next few weeks.
Teresa Sue Bratton of Greensboro, Johnny Carter of Summerfield and Jay Ovittore of Greensboro have all agreed to participate in debates to be held in Greensboro and Asheboro; a third meeting may also be scheduled. All will be open to the public at no charge.
The first round will take place on Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium of the Frank Family Science Center at Guilford College.
The second debate will take place Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Democratic Party Headquarters for the Randolph County Democratic Party, 125 North Church Street, Asheboro.
Mac Whatley, Chair of the Randolph County Democratic Party, will moderate.
That moderator, of course, being yours truly, I'm here soliciting questions and advice from Blue NCers about what you'd like to see happen in these events.
The debates are being presented by the 6th Congressional District of the North Carolina Democratic Party, but we're rank amateurs in this debate business, as am I in the role of moderator. So if there are groundrules you'd like to suggest, send 'em on. That also goes for questions.
My understanding is that there will be reporters from the Greensboro and Asheboro newspapers asking questions at the second debate. I'm told by Wayne Abraham, 6th district chair, that they asked a Moore County newspaper to come, too, but they refused. Anybody down there aching to throw questions at the candidates, let us know!
If you're interested in sending Howard to his retirement a couple of years early, please come on to the debates and work getting these candidates up to speed!