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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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

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
Fri October 5, 2012

Film Incentives another source of agreement between NC House District 18 candidates

Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat, is facing Republican challenger Louis Harmati in the race to represent House District 18.  At a Candidate Forum in the WHQR Gallery last night, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that it was difficult to find points on which Hamilton and Harmati disagreed.     

Cacky Catlett of WWAY asked the two politicians for their views on film incentives – in light of the recent decision of one big production to go to Cleveland. 

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

NC House District 18 candidates won't commit to not raise taxes

The two candidates running for the House District 18 seat agreed on some issues last night at WHQR’s candidate forum. Refusing to sign a pledge against raising taxes was one part of the common ground. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports Republican challenger Louis Harmati and Democratic incumbent Susi Hamilton both agree to keep their names off this list.

Unlike some of his fellow Republican party members, Harmati says he won’t sign his name on that kind of promise.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

NC District 18 candidates near agreement on fracking

Republican Louis Harmati is challenging Democratic Representative Susi Hamilton for the seat in House District 18.  The two candidates came together last night in the WHQR Gallery. As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the predictably divisive issue of fracking turned out to be yet another area of near-agreement between candidates.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

NC House District 18 candidates offer vague solutions to traffic issues

Traffic woes in the Cape Fear Region were one of the topics at last night’s House District 18 Forum in the WHQR Gallery. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports Democratic incumbent Susi Hamilton and Republican challenger Louis Harmati were asked how they would solve the plight of motorists traveling between New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

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