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October 21, 2020

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NC Senate candidates set to debate at SCC on Oct. 22

Republican candidate Mike Clampitt addresses prospective voters through a live video feed during his debate with Democrat Joe Sam Queen on Oct. 8 at SCC in Sylva.

With three debates already in the books this campaign season, Southwestern Community College students will close out this year’s series by hosting candidates for N.C. Senate, District 50, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Invited to appear are Republican Kevin Corbin and Democrat Victoria Fox. Due to pandemic-related restrictions, the upcoming debate will be available to the public exclusively through live streaming video at: https://livestream.com/southwesterncc/ncsenate50.

105.7 The River and 94.1 Classic Country will carry the debate live as well.

This is the fourth campaign season during which Southwestern has hosted political debates, but it’s the first time students in Dr. Bucky Dann’s Social Problems class have had the opportunity to question candidates for national – in addition to state and local – office.

 “I think it’s amazing,” said Amelia Council of Franklin. “It is shaping this generation to be more active voters in knowing who our leaders are and what they’re going to be implementing; what will be affecting our children and what will be affecting us in the future.”

The series started on Sept. 9 with a debate between Madison Cawthorn (R) and Moe Davis (D), who are running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two weeks later, three candidates for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners were on SCC’s Jackson Campus to discuss local issues.

And on Thursday, Oct. 8, incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D) faced challenger Mike Clampitt (R) as the two compete for a two-year term in the N.C. House of Representatives.

“Even though we’ve not been able to welcome the public onto our campus as we have in past campaign seasons, our students have done a great job at researching the issues and asking relevant questions,” Dr. Dann said. “Everyone watching these debates is able to see exactly where candidates stand on the issues, and that’s a direct result of the hard work our students are doing.”

For updates about the upcoming debate – and to view replays of past events – visit www.SouthwesternCC.edu or check the news feed on SCC’s official social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Post source : Tyler Goode - SCC

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