In the fall of 2016, IOPL hosted its first Hometown Debate series with televised debates for several Council of State races – Wilson (Lt. Governor), Asheboro (Attorney General), and Statesville (Treasurer). The debates were moderated by Kelly McCullen from UNC-TV.
We felt it was important to ensure that North Carolina’s smaller cities and towns were brought into the conversation about these races and their issues and concerns addressed. This was a very successful effort for us and for the communities in which we were located. Statewide television and radio coverage contributed significantly to this success.
As 2017 was not an election year for statewide offices, we chose the topic of NC’s public education system and hosted three debates, again, in our smaller communities – Rocky Mount, Burlington, and Newton. Panelists included NC State Representatives and Senators, as well as representatives from the NC Justice Center and the John Locke Foundation. The debates were moderated by Loretta Boniti from Spectrum News.
Our plan is to continue this very successful series in 2018, so watch for details!