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Mayor, council forum is Tuesday

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Monday, September 18, 2017

Elizabeth City residents will have a chance to learn more about the candidates for city council and mayor in next month’s election by attending Tuesday night’s candidates forum at the Pasquotank County Courthouse.

The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by The Daily Advance, the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters of Northeastern North Carolina and the Pasquotank County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The forum will feature the city’s two candidates for mayor, Bettie Parker and Sam Davis III, as well as the 15 candidates for eight city council seats. Local attorney Mark Maland, who’s moderated previous Daily Advance forums, returns as moderator.

The forum will allow candidates opening statements before Maland poses sets of questions to candidates in each ward as well as the mayor’s race. The questions are designed to shed light on how well candidates understand city issues, what they’d do about them and how they’ll serve the public. Their responses will be held to time limits.

The forum will also allow some time for questions from the audience.

City residents will also have an opportunity to hear from some city council candidates later today.

Council is hosting a town hall forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theater. Council approved special rules for the meeting that will allow conversation with city councilors, subject to a 4-minute time limit per speaker.

Though challengers for city council seats are allowed to make public comments at tonight’s meeting, they are not guaranteed equal time to answer questions.

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