Get to know candidates for election

Published 7:15 pm Saturday, October 6, 2012

More than 67 million people watched the presidential debate this week, according to Nielson’s television ratings.
The chatter from Tuesday’s event focused on a myriad of sideshow topics. From moderator Jim Lehrer’s minimalist performance to the Big Bird reference by Gov. Mitt Romney, the debate provided plenty of fodder for the water cooler, political pundits and social media.
The debate reportedly generated more than 10 million tweets, making it one of the most active U.S. political events in Twitter history.
Amidst all that buzz, there has been much speculation about which candidate came away victorious.
One clear winner was the audience that tuned in to learn more about the two men asking for the keys to our country’s future. It’s great responsibility, putting someone in that driver’s seat. And anything that encourages a more informed decision, such as a political debate, is a good thing.
Beaufort County voters will get a similar chance to learn more about those running for local political offices.
The Washington Daily News, partnering with the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, will hold the Beaufort County Candidate Forum in preparation for the Nov. 6 general election.
The forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaufort County Community College Building 8 Auditorium. Kellie Harris Hopkins, director of the Beaufort County Board of Elections, will serve as moderator of the event.
Qualified candidates are invited to participate in the public forum, which will feature candidate introductions and question periods.
Featured local races include Senate District 1,  N.C. House of Representatives District 3, N.C. House of Representatives District 6, Beaufort County Board of Commissioners and Beaufort County Board of Education.