AARP to question commission candidates Oct. 25

  • Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, October 12, 2012 7:54 p.m.

SALISBURY - Candidate forums for the Nov. 6 election are not over yet.
The AARP has scheduled a forum 2 p.m. Oct. 25 for Rowan County Board of Commissioners candidates. It will be held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Avenue.
The seats held by Carl Ford and Raymond Coltrain are up for election, and neither is seeking re-election to the county board. Vying for the two slots are Leda Belk, Mike Caskey, Craig Pierce and Ralph Walton. You can see and hear them in person on Oct. 25.
And if you missed the forums held this week at Catawba College, Access16 will provide ample opportunities to see videos.

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Want to know more about the candidates before filling out a ballot?
Look for the Salisbury Post Voters Guide in the paper Wednesday, Oct. 17, and an update on Sunday, Nov. 4.
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Opposing candidates in the 8th Congressional District are both touting endorsements from national gun rights groups.
U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), receiving an "A" rating from the organization for his work on behalf of sportsman and gun owner rights. The NRA, which also endorsed Kissell in 2010, cited his voting record on Second Amendment issues as the reason for its support.
"I firmly believe in standing up for and protecting our Second Amendment rights," Kissell said in an Oct. 1 press release. "I'll continue to fight each and every day to preserve our fundamental and constitutional right to bear arms. I'm proud to be a strong advocate for gun owners and sportsmen across this district, and I thank the NRA for their support once again."
Kissell's Republican opponent, Richard Hudson, also has earned an "A" from the NRA and was endorsed this week by the Gun Owners of America (GOA) Political Victory Fund.
"Richard Hudson earned an 'A' rating from GOA based on his unwavering support of the right to keep and bear arms and for answering our candidate survey 100 percent in favor of the Second Amendment," said Vice Chairman Tim Macy in an Oct. 11 press release. "Richard's opponent, incumbent Larry Kissell, claims to support gun rights but has a mixed voting record on the issue. In 2009, Kissell voted three times against protecting gun rights in national parks."
Other candidates endorsed by the NRA include Republicans U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx ("A") in the 5th Congressional District, Gene McIntyre ("A" based on questionnaire) in N.C. Senate District 25, Carl Ford ("A" based on questionnaire) in N.C. House District 76 and N.C. Rep. Harry Warren ("A-") in N.C. House District 77. U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, who's running for re-election in the 12th Congressional District, was given an "F" rating by the organization.
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The two 8th District candidates have picked up other national endorsements recently.
The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Larry Kissell last week. The seniors' advocacy group praises the Democratic incumbent for opposing cuts to Medicare and Social Security, as well as privatization of those programs.
Meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have both endorsed Richard Hudson, a Republican, calling him a friend to the business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also endorsed Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx in the 5th District.
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Want to hear what the candidates have to say in front of an audience, unfiltered?
Here's the schedule for Access16 to broadcast candidate forums held earlier this week at Catawba College, sponsored by Catawba, the Salisbury Post and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.
? Rowan County Board of Commisioners candidates, Mondays at noon and 7 p.m. until Nov. 4.
? Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education candidates, Tuesdays, noon and 7 p.m. until Nov. 4.
? 5th District, U.S. House candidates, Wednesdays, noon and 7 p.m. until Nov. 4.
? 12the District, U.S. House candidates, Thursday, noon and 7 p.m. until Nov. 4.
? 77th District, N.C. House candidates, Fridays, noon and 7 p.m. until Nov. 4.
? All-day marathon (popcorn, please) of all the above candidate forums, Monday, Nov. 5.

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