Hurricane recovery, school safety, GenX among issues discussed at candidates’ forum

Hurricane recovery, school safety, GenX among issues discussed at candidates’ forum
Four candidates are running for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2018. From left, Eric Lytle, Julia Boseman, Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple attended a candidates' forum. (Evans, Jon)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -Hurricane Florence recovery is heavy on the minds of candidates running for seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Incumbents Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple joined challengers Eric Lytle and Julia Olson-Boseman at a candidates’ forum Thursday night at the Senior Resource Center in Wilmington.

Hurricane recovery, school safety, GenX among issues discussed at candidates’ forum

Watkins, a republican, and Zapple, a democrat, are seeking re-election to second terms as county commissioners. Olson-Boseman, a democrat, served on the board from 2000-2004, before being elected to three terms in the state Senate. Lytle, a republican, is making his first run at political office in 2018.

The candidates spoke about several other issues during the forum, including economic development, environmental concerns, school safety, and the state’s response to emerging contaminants like GenX found in the water supply.

Voter registration in New Hanover County has been extended to October 15, 2018, to provide extra time for anyone impacted by Hurricane Florence. One-stop voting in the county begins on October 17. To see the dates, times and locations for one-stop voting, click here. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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