Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Media host forum for GOP board of education candidates

The community is welcome to a forum hosted by WHQR, Port City Daily and WECT Tuesday evening in WHQR gallery dowtown. (Courtesy WECT)

WILMINGTON — Three media partners are coming together Tuesday evening to host a forum for Republican school board candidates in the 2024 Primary Election.

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Port City Daily, WECT, and WHQR welcome the community to WHQR studios in downtown Wilmington on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The forum, hosted at M.C. Erny Gallery, 254 South Front Street, gets underway at 6:30 p.m. It’s moderated by WECT’s Jon Evans, with reporters Brenna Flanagan (PCD), Zach Solon (WECT), Ben Schachtman (WHQR) and Rachel Keith (WHQR) posing questions to candidates.

Three seats are open on the school board this year, with five Republicans and three Democrats vying for them. The media organizations were slated to conduct a forum featuring Democratic candidates as well; however, Cynthia Munoz dropped out of the race, exempting the need for a Democratic primary (though her name will still appear on the ballot as it was too late to change the official forms; should she be elected over Judy Justice, Tim Merrick or Jerry Jones, the Democratic Party will be tasked with choosing Munoz’s replacement).

The five Republican candidates participating include: Nikki Bascome, Kimberly McDuffie Murphy, David Perry, Natosha Tew and Aubrey Tuell.

The community-at-large is encouraged to submit questions ahead of time here and media will also take questions from the audience during the event.

The top three vote-getters in the March 5 primary election will move on to the Nov. 5, 2024 election.

Port City Daily has been running profile questionnaires ahead of the election, which can be accessed here as well.

WECT will livestream the one-hour forum live on its website and on Facebook. WHQR and Port City Daily also plan to livestream the forum on their social media sites. The forum will be posted on all three media websites afterward.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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