Sponsored by the New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the 90-minute forum is open to the public and will be moderated by three panelists: Lonnie Adamson, editor and general manager of the Jefferson Post, Ron Fitzwater, editor of the Ashe Mountain Times, and Scott Nicholson, senior political writer for the Watauga Democrat. Questions were invited to be sent in by the public.
The forum is expected to be broadcast live on radio station WMMY ‘My Country’ ‘Highway’ 106.1 FM broadcasting from Boone and serving the counties of Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Wilkes, Catawba and Caldwell.
Foxx was reelected to her third term to represent North Carolina’s Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives in November 2008. Prior to serving in Congress, Foxx spent 10 years in the North Carolina Senate. Virginia is married to Tom Foxx. Prior to her entering Congress, the couple owned a nursery business in Watauga County.
Kennedy is the host of WATA-AM’s call-in show, “Watauga Talks.” He’s also the son of a minister, and later mayor of Black Mountain, NC; a farmer; a father; a carpenter; and is active in community service. Billy is married to Becka Saunders. They have three children and one son-in-law.
One Stop Absentee Voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8 a.m. and ends on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Voters can cast their ballots at the board of elections office on second floor of the county courthouse between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Voters can also register during One Stop Absentee Voting, but must vote at the same time.
Requests are currently being taken by the board of elections office for mail out ballots through Tuesday, Oct. 26. Requests can be made by mail or in person at the board of elections office by the voter or a near relative. These ballots must be postmarked and mailed on or before Nov. 2 and received at the board of elections office no later than Nov. 5.
Races and candidates on this year’s election ballot (vote for one unless otherwise stated) are:
US Senate: Democrat Elaine Marshall, Republican Richard Burr and Libertarian Michael Beitler.
US House of Representatives: Democrat Billy Kennedy and Republican Virginia Foxx.
NC State Senate District 45: Democrat Steve Goss and Republican Dan Soucek.
NC House of Representatives District 93: Democrat Cullie Tarleton and Republican Jonathan C. Jordan.
District (23) Attorney: Republican Tom E. Horner.
Ashe County Board of Commissioners (vote for three): Democrats Richard C. Blackburn, Roy Carter, and Jerry C. McMillan, and Republicans Judy Porter Poe, Gary W. Roark, and William J. Sands.
Clerk of Superior Court: Republican Pam W. Barlow.
Register of Deeds: Democrat Shirley B. Wallace and Republican Dayna Perry Price.
Sheriff: Democrat James Williams.
Ashe County Board of Education (non-partisan, vote for three): Larry Dix, Polly S. Jones, Charles L. King, Roger Newton, Terry A. Williams, and Dorothy Miller Witherspoon.
Ashe County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor (vote for two): Jerry Bare, Tommy Barlow, Rodney Cheek, Mark Domske, Dallas A. Shatley, Jon Shumate and John Walters.
Judges races are (non-partisan, vote for one):
Supreme Court Associate Judge: Robert C. (Bob) Hunter, Barbara Jackson.
Court of Appeals Judge: Sanford Steelman.
Court of Appeals Judge: Ann Maria Calabria, Jane Gray
Court of Appeals Judge: Rick Elmore, Steven Walker
Court of Appeals Judge: Martha Geer, Dean R. Poirier
District (23) Court Judge: David V. Byrd
District (23) Court Judge: Michael D. Duncan
District (23) Court Judge: Mitchell L. McLean
The Instant Runoff Vote (IRV) Court of Appeals Judge candidates are: John F. Bloss, J. Wesley Casteen, Chris Dillon, Jewel Ann Farlow, Daniel E. Garner, Stan Hammer, Mark E. Klass, Doug McCullough, Anne Middleton, Harry E. Payne, Jr., John Sullivan, Cressie Thigpen and Pamela M. Vesper.
For more information, contact the Ashe County Board of Elections office at 846-5570.