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Organizations to host ‘Hometown Debate’ on state constitutional amendments

SALISBURY — The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will host a “Hometown Debate” at the Meroney Theatre on Sept. 25.

The Hometown Debate series, which began in 2016, will include four nights of debate in late September and early October addressing four of the six proposed amendments to the state Constitution that will be on the ballot in November.

“The goal of these events is to encourage and enhance education dialogue at a local level — equipping voters with information they can use to make more informed business, policy and electoral decisions,” said institute board Chairman Nelle Hotchkiss.

The debate in Salisbury will focus on a proposed amendment that would change how judiciary vacancies are filled.

The Meroney Theatre will open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the debate at 7 p.m.

“We are pleased to bring this public-service opportunity to our community,” said Elaine Spalding, president of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. “… (The institute’s) mission is centered around fair political discourse on issues, and these debates will provide the opportunity to do just that.”

The debate will be taped and broadcast by Spectrum News. Spectrum will air the entire debate on its website, www.spectrumlocalnews.com, and in an abbreviated version on the program. “In Focus” at 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Streaming coverage and online sources will also be available.

The debate will be moderated by Spectrum’s Loretta Boniti. Panelists will be state Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-20; Sen. Paul Newton, R-36; Wayne Goodwin, executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party; and Jim Blaine of the North Carolina Senate Republican Caucus.

The other three debates in the series will be at the Gastonia Conference Center on Sept. 18, focusing on an amendment to lower the cap on the state income tax from 10 percent to 7 percent; the Turnage Theatre in Washington on Oct. 2, on an amendment to require a photo ID to vote; and the Clayton Center in Clayton on Oct. 9, on appointments to the state ethics and elections board.

All the debates are free and start at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Ross Harris at rharris@iopl.org or 336-908-7171.

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