BOLIVIA, NC (WECT) - Two weeks before election day, candidates looking for votes in Brunswick County will be talking about the issues at a forum Tuesday night, Oct. 25, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
The forum is sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association, and is scheduled to run between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Each candidate involved is running for office to represent citizens of Brunswick County. The public is invited to attend, and there is scheduled time for the audience to ask questions of the candidates.
The first forum will feature the four candidates running for Board of Education. Incumbent Catherine Cooke is running for another term against challenger Sharon Crawford in District 2. In District 4, Marty Mentzer and Ellen Milligan are the two candidates to replace current member Shirley Babson.
The second forum is scheduled to begin around 6:45 p.m. and will feature six candidates for county commissioner. Incumbent Pat Sykes is being challenged by Democrat William Flythe for her seat in District 3. Another incumbent, Frank Williams, is running for re-election in District 5 against challenger Wesley Hickman. Two newcomers are running in District 4, Republican Michael Forte and Democrat Brenda Faye McMillian. The winner of that race will replace current Commissioner Scott Phillips, who did not seek re-election.
After a brief intermission, two candidates seeking the Seventh Congressional District seat will take the stage. Republican David Rouzer is seeking a second term in Washington, DC, and is challenged by J. Wesley Casteen, the Democratic nominee.
The final forum will spotlight four candidates looking to represent Brunswick County in Raleigh. Incumbent Rep. Frank Iler is seeking a fourth full term as the District 17 representative in the state House. He is challenged by Democrat Charles Warren. Also on the stage will be District 18 incumbent Susi Hamilton, who currently represents the northeastern part of Brunswick County in the state House, along with part of New Hanover County. Republican Gerald Benton is challenging Hamilton's bid for a fourth term.
Jon Evans of WECT News will be the moderator for the forums.