Salisbury, Landis candidate forums planned; submit questions now

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 23, 2019

SALISBURY — Candidate forums for the Salisbury City Council and Landis Board of Aldermen and mayor’s race have been set for early October.

The Salisbury candidate forum will be at6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Norvell Theatre, 135 E. Fisher St. It will be moderated by Michael Bitzer, professor and chairman of the politics department at Catawba College.

The Landis forums for mayor and aldermen will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Corriher-Lipe Middle School, 214 W. Rice St. in Landis. It will be moderated by Salisbury Post Editor Josh Bergeron. Karla Foster will be the timekeeper for candidate answers.

Both forums are open to the public, but seating will be limited. Those unable to attend may watch the forums on Channel 16 and Channel 32 in South Rowan County. They will be broadcast several times before Election Day.

The forums also will be broadcast live on Memories WSAT 1280 radio.

The forums are the product of a partnership that includes the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, the Salisbury Post, Catawba College and WSAT.

“The Rowan Chamber does not endorse candidates; however, our board feels it’s important to educate voters about the candidates and their stands on issues of importance to the community,” said Elaine Spalding, chamber president.

At the Salisbury forum, Bitzer will ask the candidates questions submitted to the Salisbury Post. At the Landis forum, Bergeron will do the same.

Readers can email questions to be considered for both forums to The Post asks that readers include the name of the race in the subject line of the email.

Campaign lapel buttons will be permitted at the forums. However, no signage, campaign materials or mascots will be allowed. Tables will not be provided for the candidates to display campaign materials.

Candidates also will not be allowed to put campaign signs on site.

Salisbury City Council candidates include incumbents Tamara Sheffield, Karen Kirks Alexander, Al Heggins, David Post and William Brian Miller as well as challengers Patricia Jones “P.J.” Rick, Giannina Monzon, Ladale Benson, Gemale A. Black and John Struzick.

Landis alderman candidates include Darrell Overcash, Katie Sells, Ashley K. Stewart and Buddy Porter Jr. Meredith Smith, Alby Stamey, Mark Connell and Dorland Abernathy and Alderman Bobby G. Brown, whose term ends in 2021, are running for Landis mayor.