FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Candidate Forums for Raleigh and Cary Elections offered by League of Women Voters, NAACP, WakeUp, & Zeta Phi Beta
RALEIGH, NC, August 23, 2019 - The League of Women Voters of Wake County, the NAACP, WakeUp Wake County, and Zeta Phi Beta encourage Wake County residents to vote in upcoming municipal elections. Our organizations are cosponsoring candidate forums for both the Raleigh City Council and the Cary Town Council elections. All cosponsors are nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates. The details for each forum are as follows:
September 10th at 7:00pm – Candidate Forum for Raleigh City Council Districts A-E (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue Raleigh, NC 27607)
September 17th at 7:00pm – Candidate Forum for Raleigh Mayor & At-Large City Council Seats (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue Raleigh, NC 27607) This forum will be moderated by WRAL news anchor Gerald Owens. NC Board of Elections Executive Director, Karen Brinson Bell, will provide opening remarks.
September 23rd at 7:00pm – Candidate Forum for Cary Mayor & Town Council Seats (Glenaire Retirement Community, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary NC 27511) This forum will be moderated by WRAL news anchor Kathryn Brown. NC Board of Elections Executive Director, Karen Brinson Bell, will provide opening remarks.
The following are statements from each of the co-sponsoring organizations:
League of Women Voters of Wake County President, Dianna Wynn – “Presidential races get more attention but voting in local elections is equally important. Decisions made by local elected officials significantly impact our daily lives.”
WakeUp Wake County Board of Directors Chair, Susan Parry – “Voting and encouraging others to vote wisely is the most powerful tool an active citizen has. WakeUP works to help more people use that tool effectively to impact smart, growth-related policy.”
President of the Raleigh-Apex Branch of the NAACP, Gerald Givens – “One of the primary goals of the NAACP is to help our members, citizens and business owners stay informed on the local issues that directly impact them. We have partnered with community organizations to host this forum in support of attaining that goal.”
Regina Booker, President of Sigma Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.– “The membership of Sigma Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is proud to continue its partnership with the League of Women Voters of Wake County. Our collaboration expands our community outreach in educating the voters on the importance of exercising their right to vote.”
October 8th is election day for both Raleigh and Cary. Early voting begins September 18th. If necessary, any run-off elections will take place November 5th. (Election day for all other municipalities in Wake County is November 5th.) Consult the Wake County Board of Elections for changes or updates.
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizens’ participation in government. The League of Women Voters does not endorse or oppose political parties or candidates for office. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.
Dianna Wynn, President
League of Women Voters of Wake County