2012 Candidate Forums

WHQR will host and broadcast four candidate forums as part of the 2012 Election Season in the MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, #300.

Each forum will feature two local journalists asking prepared questions during the first half of the event.  The second portion will be dedicated to questions from voters.   A live studio audience will be invited to ask questions during this segment.  We'll also use questions sent in from listeners.

If you have a question for the candidates, please email us (newsdirector@whqr.org) or submit via Twitter with the #whqrforums hash tag and tell us which slate of candidates you'd like to address. 

We reserve the right to edit the questions for clarity, brevity, and objectivity.  Each question must be addressed to all candidates in a particular race.  

If you can't attend the live event, Tweet along while you tune in or listen or watch the webcast online at 7 PM each night to hear the candidates! 

(WWAY will also broadcast the forums live on Time Warner Cable.  RTV is channel 106, on ATMC, channel 903, on Charter Cable, channel 145 and over-the-air at 3.2.)

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 PM- New Hanover County Commissioners

  • Jonathan Barfield (Current Vice Chairman)
  • Beth Dawson
  • Robert Murray
  • Dr. Derrick Hickey
  • Woody White
  • Rob Zapple

 Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 PM- NC House District 18

  • Representative Susi Hamilton (D)
  • Louis Harmati (R)

 Monday, Oct. 8, 7 PM - NC Senate District 9

  • Senator Thom Goolsby (R)
  • Deb Butler (D) 

 Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 PM - NC House District 19 & NC House District 20 

NC House District 19

  • Ted Davis, Jr. (Current NHC Commission Chair)
  • Emilie Swearingen (Current Kure Beach Councilwoman)

NC House District 20

  • Rick Catlin (Current NHC Commissioner) (R)
  • Tom Gale (D) 


2:14 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Candidate Forum: 2013 New Hanover County Beach Towns

Listen to the audio of WHQR's New Hanover County Beach Town Candidate Forum, which was broadcast live on WHQR 91.3 FM October 22, 2013.  (Click below.)

Participants included:

Carolina Beach:  

For Mayor:

Incumbent Bob Lewis

Challenger Dan Wilcox

For town council:

Tom Bridges (incumbent)

LeAnn Pierce

Jody Smith (incumbent)

Mike Worley

Kure Beach:

For Mayor:

Dean Lambeth (incumbent)

For Town Council:

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Local - Candidate Forums
11:22 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Watch the WHQR / WWAY Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum

Click on this link to watch the October 23, 2013 broadcast on WWAY TV3 of the Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum.


There are two videos in this post:  news coverage of the event by WWAY Reporter Holden Kurwicki and the first portion of the forum that was broadcast on WWAY and WHQR.

Below are the audio files for the Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum.

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Local - Candidate Forums
12:39 am
Thu October 24, 2013

WAVE Transit Growth is key to Wilmington's Growth, say Three of Five Council Candidates

WAVE Transit Funding
WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

Listen to the audio version here.

The role of WAVE Transit – the public transportation system – that operates both within and beyond Wilmington City limits -- has evolved into a source of heated debate between the city and the county. 

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Local - Candidate Forums
11:51 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Carolina Beach Candidates Explore the Meaning of Beach Renourishment Funding "Outside the Box"

Lifeguard Stand near Carolina Beach Dunes
Town of Carolina Beach

With federal dollars scarcer than ever, beach town leaders are looking for new and creative ways to fund beach renourishment projects. 

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Live in the Gallery, Oct. 22 & 23 at 7PM @WHQR
11:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

City Council Candidates Forum with WHQR


On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7 PM, six candidates will make their case and tell you why they want to fill three seats on the next Wilmington City Council.  Hear them voice their opinions and ambitions during the only live, locally broadcast Council Candidates Forum. 

This event, brought to you by WHQR and WWAY TV3, will be broadcast live at 7 PM on both WWAY TV3's main channel and WHQR 91.3 FM. 

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1:49 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Rouzer Requests Mandatory Recount

North Carolina State Senator David Rouzer is calling for a recount in the race for the 7th congressional district. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the republican made the announcement yesterday, which was the deadline for candidates to request a mandatory recount.

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6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Two New Candidates Win NHCo. Commission Seats

Last night the race among the 6 New Hanover County commission candidates was close. Voters elected two new commissioners and brought back a familiar face. Chairman Jonathan Barfield earned another term, while newcomer Republicans Woody White and Beth Dawson join the board. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports Dawson is the first woman elected to the commission since 2008.

Dawson captured the second highest percentage of votes, winning a seat with 18 percent. She says she plans to work hard to build consensus, even if the road ahead requires some patience.

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6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wilmington Voters Reject Stadium Referendum

After almost a year of negotiations and emotional debate, Wilmington’s 37-million dollar stadium referendum died last night. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the referendum was defeated in every precinct in the City of Wilmington.

Seventy percent of voters within the City of Wilmington rejected the referendum. But both sides of the issue remained optimistic until the very end. Scott Harry with the Vote No Stadium Tax Committee says voters were heard loud and clear. And now he wants the New Hanover County Commissioners to hear their message, too.

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6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McIntyre/Rouzer Race is Too Close to Call

The race for the seat in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District was one of the most-watched and tightly-fought races in the Cape Fear region.  The incumbent, Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre, faced a tough contest – particularly after the latest round of redistricting removed his home county of Robeson.  But as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, there’s still no clear answer on who won the race. 

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6:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NC Board of Elections concerned with aggressive behavior at One Stop voting sites

Pauljoffe at en.wikipedia [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

While record numbers of North Carolina voters cast early ballots before One Stop Voting ends Saturday, the state board of elections is concerned with reports of inappropriate behavior at the polls. From fighting to voter misinformation, WHQR’s Sara Wood has more on the growing emotions of this election season.

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