The Tribune, in conjunction with the town of Elkin, is planning a candidate forum and meet-and-greet for Oct. 13, giving members of the community a chance to hear from candidates for local offices prior to the November election.
The event will be held at The Elkin Center of Surry Community College from 6 to 8 p.m., and the format will give candidates for state seats and unopposed candidates a chance to introduce themselves to those in attendance. Following introductions, a question-and-answer session will be held for local seats where there is more than one candidate vying for an elected position.
The Tribune staff will be on hand to moderate and cover the event, and articles on the event will follow in the Oct. 17 edition of The Tribune. Each slate of candidates will answer three to five questions. To plan for the event, The Tribune is asking people in the community to submit suggested questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Oct. 11. No audience questions will be taken during the actual forum.
In Elkin, there are four candidates vying for two seats on the town board of commissioners — incumbent Dr. Skip Whitman, Jeff Eidson, Tommy Wheeler and John Worth Wiles.
Two Elkin Board of Education incumbents are facing opposition for their seats. Incumbent Haley Sullivan and newcomer Judy Walker are running for the east district seat, while incumbent Dr. Richard Brinegar and newcomers Levi Shore and Taylor Gaddis are on the city district ticket.
County commissioner candidates include incumbent Van Tucker and challenger Ronald Bowman for the east district, while incumbent Larry Johnson is running unopposed for the Mount Airy district seat. Incumbent Carolyn Comer is running unopposed to hold her seat as the county’s register of deeds.
On the state tickets which represent the Elkin area, incumbent Shirley Randleman, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Michael Holleman for the N.C. Senate 30th District seat, which covers Surry, Stokes and Wilkes counties. Also, incumbent Sarah Stevens, a Republican, is facing opposition from Democrat Vera Smith Reynolds for the N.C. House 90th District seat, representing Surry and a portion of Wilkes County.