Election season is upon us, and students at Southwestern Community College are excited to be a part of the action.
One of SCC’s Social Problems classes plans to host a series of three political debates throughout the fall semester.
“These debates are a big part of what the students are doing for this class,” said Dr. Bucky Dann, professor of the class. “They will be responsible for coming up with various questions on pressing current issues, and candidates will then be given a chance to respond. It really gives the students an opportunity to be a part of the democratic process in a unique way.”
The first debate will host candidates for Jackson County commissioners on Sept. 27, including: Boyce Deitz, Doug Cody, Charles Elders, Ron Mau, Brian McMahan and Gayle Woody.
The second debate on Oct. 18 will host candidates for the N.C. State Assembly: Rep. Mike Clampitt and Joe Sam Queen.
The third debate on Oct. 25 will host candidates for the N.C. State Senate: Sen. Jim Davis and Robert Kuppers.
All of the debates will take place at 7 p.m. in the Burrell Conference Center on SCC’s Jackson Campus and are completely free and open to the public.
“I’m mostly excited to see how candidates answer what questions we come up with,” said Tristin Goode, student in the Social Problems class heading up the event. “But, I’m also excited to see just how much affiliated political party affects the answers the candidates give. That’ll be pretty interesting.”
For more information about this event, contact Dr. Dann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.339.4475.