NC Institute of Political Leadership to Host Three “Hometown Debates”


NC Institute of Political Leadership to Host Three “Hometown Debates”



Ross Harris

NC Institute of Political Leadership to Host Three “Hometown Debates”

Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership will host three debates this September that will feature key down-ballot races.

In partnership with local chambers of commerce, the debates will feature races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, and state treasurer.

“In this busy election year, featuring races for president and U.S. Senate, the staff and board of the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (NCIOPL) want to ensure that North Carolinians are familiar with the candidates and issues to be found in critical statewide races,” said Nelle Hotchkiss, NCIOPL Board Chair and Senior Vice President of Government Relations at NC’s Electric Cooperatives. “We also want to ensure that North Carolina’s smaller cities and towns are brought into the conversation and their issues and concerns are addressed.”

The debates will air on consecutive Tuesday nights in September. Candidates for lieutenant governor, Linda Coleman and Dan Forest, will debate in at Barton College’s Kennedy Theater in Wilson on September 13, followed by candidates for attorney general, Buck Newton and Josh Stein, at the Sunset Theater in Asheboro on September 20. The final debate will be between candidates for state treasurer, Dan Blue III and Dale Folwell, at the Statesville Civic Center on September 27. All three debates begin at 7pm.

“Our partnership with the chambers in these three communities has been outstanding,” said Ross Harris, Executive Director of NCIOPL. “NCIOPL’s mission is centered around fair political discourse on issues, and these debates will provide the opportunity to do just that.”

The “Hometown Debates” series is sponsored by five statewide organizations: the NC Advocates for Justice, the NC Association of Defense Attorneys, NC’s Electric Cooperatives, the John William Pope Foundation, and the State Employees Association of North Carolina.
The debates will air on UNC-TV’s NC Channel one day after each event at 9pm, and will be broadcast live on radio stations that are part of the NC News Network. The candidates will be questioned by local newspaper editors in each of the three locations.

NCIOPL is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership. No other program in North Carolina offers such a comprehensive curriculum in strategic, nonpartisan political leadership development.

For more information, contact Ross Harris at or 336-908-7171.


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