Through its annual Hometown Debate Series, IOPL raises awareness of key issues by bringing newsmakers to communities across the state.
This four-event series brings together elected officials and policy experts for a balanced debate on some of North Carolina’s most important issues.
In its sixth year, the Hometown Debate Series is a collaboration between Spectrum News 1 North Carolina and the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, with a new topic each year. Spectrum’s Loretta Boniti returns in 2021 as moderator.
The television schedule for the 2021 IOPL Hometown Debate Series:
October 24: Capital Punishment- UNC Greensboro
- Representative Pricey Harrison, NC House 61
- Former Representative Paul “Skip” Stam, NC House 37
- David Huffman, Retired Catawba County Sheriff and fmr Director of the Governor’s Crime Commission
- Elizabeth Hambourger, Senior Staff Attorney – Center for Death Penalty Litigation
October 31: The Role of a Prosecutor-Wake Forest Law
- Jim O’Neill, Forsyth District Attorney
- Ben David, Pender County District Attorney
- Nelson Bunn, Executive Director, National Association of District Attorneys
- Ron Wright, Wake Forest School of Law
November 7: Police Reform- Wake Tech Community College
- Senator Amy Scott Galey, NC Senate 24
- Senator Mujtaba Mohammed, NC Senate 38
- Kerwin Pittman, Emancipate NC
- Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead, Durham County
November 14: Juvenile Justice- NC Central School of Law
- Representative Abe Jones, NC House 38
- Former Representative Tom Murry, NC House 41
- Adam Sotak, Community Engagement Director, NC Child
- Dorothy Hairston Mitchell, NC Central School of Law, Juvenile Law Clinic
An abbreviated version will air on Spectrum News on Sundays at both 11:30 am and 8:30 pm. The debates will then be available in their entirety on www.spectrumlocalnews.com after their initial airing.
IOPL and its partners are committed to the safety and security of all candidates and staff involved. As a result, debates will be closed to the public.