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) 

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4:47 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Danny Hefner, Democratic challenger of Senator Rabon, talks incentives, biofuel, jobs for veterans

Danny Hefner, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 8
dannyhefner.com

Democratic Candidate Danny Hefner is hoping to beat Incumbent State Senator Bill Rabon, a Republican, in the race for the seat in District 8. 

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Local
9:17 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Davis, Swearingen diverge on energy policy, toll roads

Candidates for State House District 19: Representative Ted Davis (R) and Emilie Swearingen (D)

During last night’s State House District 19 Candidate Forum at WHQR, Republican Candidate and Incumbent Ted Davis and Democratic Candidate Emilie Swearingen agreed on a handful of issues. 

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Local
9:16 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Stark differences in Gale and Catlin's approach to environmental issues

Candidates for State House District 20: Rick Catlin (R), Tom Gale (D)

The environment took center stage during last night’s State House District 20 Candidate Forum in the WHQR Gallery. 

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Local
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

No formal policy on polling place signs

During the May 8 primary elections, some voters arriving at Devon Park Methodist Church questioned the message on the church’s sign that said: “A TRUE MARRIAGE IS MALE AND FEMALE AND GOD.”

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The ins and outs of voting in New Hanover County

Today is the last day for New Hanover County residents to register to vote for the November 6 election. But if you haven’t made this happen yet, don’t fear. WHQR’s Sara Wood found some good advice for weathering voting season.

With less than a week before One Stop Voting, or early voting, begins, Elections Director Marvin McFadyen says the most important thing for voters to do is make sure registration is up to date and accurate.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates debate regulatory reform

Although subtle differences exist in some races this election season, that is not the case with Senate District 9.  In a Candidates’ Forum in the WHQR Gallery last night, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that Republican Senator Thom Goolsby and Democratic Candidate Deb Butler went to the mat over regulatory reform. 

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates toe party line over voter ID

During last night’s North Carolina Senate District 9 Forum at the WHQR Gallery, panelist Jon Evans of WECT asked candidates if they would resurrect the voter ID bill vetoed last year by Governor Bev Perdue. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports incumbent Republican Thom Goolsby and Democratic candidate Deb Butler passionately disagreed while toeing the party lines.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NC Senate District 9 candidates on politics as usual

At the North Carolina Senate District 9 Candidates’ Forum at WHQR last night, Republican Senator Thom Goolsby and his Democratic opponent Deb Butler accused one another of hypocrisy, lying, mud-slinging, and complaining.  So when panelist Cacky Catlett asked how they would talk to families who aren’t interested in politics as usual, the answer, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, quickly turned into -- well, politics as usual.

It started with an acknowledgment from the candidates: 

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Local
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Big focus on education in NC Senate District 9 candidate forum

Several issues were discussed during last night’s North Carolina Senate District 9 forum at the WHQR Gallery, but education continued to surface as one of the central debates. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports incumbent Republican Thom Goolsby and Democratic opponent Deb Butler argued the merits and failures of the state’s education system.

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