WPVM’S COVERAGE OF LOCAL AND STATE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, PUBLIC ISSUES AND EVENTS

WPVM’s General Manager began videotaping town halls, political forums, board meetings, and more in 2010. To view many past videos, visit our Youtube Channel at Politics @ WPVM

Carter Center Initiative to Restore Trust in the US Election System – Democracy Under Siege

As polarization increases, so does the risk of political and identity-based violence. The Network brings North Carolinians together who share a common concern for the future of our state and the mutual desire to build a more healthy democratic republic for all – regardless of political beliefs. Participants should: Lead by Example, Promote Accurate Information, Take Action.

Join the Network today to get the latest news on our efforts and for further information on how to get involved.

“Former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat; and former Judge Bob Orr, a one-time Republican whose recent political efforts have been largely in opposition to his former party, are leading an initiative to increase trust in North Carolina’s elections infrastructure. The initiative is sponsored by the Carter Center, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s 501(c)3, which focuses on promoting peace and democracy across the world.

Part 1 Asheville City Council Primary Candidate Forum

The primary candidate forum, moderated by Dr. Chris Cooper, features candidates Sage Turner, Kim Roney, and Charles Domingo.

Taylon Breedon and Lindia Pearson did not respond to the invitation.

The candidates discuss the voting process and their opening statements. Sage Turner emphasizes her work on affordable housing, while Kim Roney focuses on affordability, public safety, and climate. Charles Domingo highlights the need for infrastructure improvement and sustainable job opportunities.

 

The forum is WPVM’s public service programming to provide an opportunity for voters to understand the candidates better. Programs are freely available on demand on WPVM’s political page

A timeline to view each topic is in the Youtube video description.

#AshevilleElectionForum

#AshevilleIssues

#AshevilleHomelessness

#AshevilleCrime

#DowntownBID

#AshevilleReparations

Asheville has embraced needle exchanges as part of a comprehensive strategy, rooted in public health data, to deal with addiction and its effects on the community. The programs remain controversial but are firmly established locally as a way to safely engage addicted populations.

Todd Weatherly of Stucker Weatherly & Smith joins WPVM’s General Manager, Davyne Dial, to discuss the unintended consequences of the needle exchange program on the community.

# Substance abuse #At-risk populations #Underserved communities #Outreach programs #HIV testing #Stigma #Enabling vs helping #Comprehensive strategy #Multifaceted approach

Part 2 Asheville City Council Primary Candidate Forum


Dr Chris Cooper from Western Carolina University moderated this primary candidate forum for WPVM and the Asheville community. Kevan Frazier, Bo Hess, and Tod Leaven join Dr. Cooper for an Asheville City Council primary forum.
Taylon Breedon and Lindia Pearson did not respond to the invitation.

The forum focused on important issues and policies in Asheville including homelessness, crime on the streets, BID (Downtown BID initiative),Reparations, Home Rule restrictions.

The forum is WPVM’s public service programming to provide an opportunity for voters to understand the candidates better. Programs are freely available on demand on WPVM’s political page

.A timeline to view each topic is in the Youtube video description.

#AshevilleElectionForum

#AshevilleIssues

#AshevilleHomelessness

#AshevilleCrime

#DowntownBID

#AshevilleReparations

John Boyle of Asheville Watchdog joins WPVM in the special report on the downtown series that was recently written by several reporters for that nonprofit publication. We discuss the increase in crime, drug abuse, open drug abuse, open sexual activity, and open aggression. The series covers how downtown Asheville has gotten to this crisis and what needs to be done to get past this crisis and get to a better place.

#AshevilleWatchdog #DowntownSeries #CommunityConcerns #CrimeIncrease #DrugAbuse #SexualActivity #Aggression #Issues #NonprofitReporting #CrisisAnalysis #PathToRecovery #BetterDowntownFuture #WPVMSpecialReport

Carolyn J. Thompson – Candidate for NC Appeals Court Judge – Seat 8

Law Offices of Carolyn Thompson, PC, Attorney (2019 – Present)

9th Judicial District, Resident Superior Court Judge (Gubernatorial Appointment) (2018)

9th Judicial District, District Court Judge (2009 – 2018)

Law Offices of Carolyn J. Yancey, PA, Attorney (1996 – 2008)

EDUCATION JD, North Carolina Central University School of Law (1993)

Bachelor’s, Hampton University, Hampton, Sociology and Criminal Justice (1990)

Carolyn Thompson’s web page on this link

 

Judge Gale Adams – Candidate for NC Appeals Court Judge – Seat 10

  • North Carolina Superior Court, Judge – District 12B, Seat 1 (2012 – Present)
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender (1992 – 2012)
  • Assistant District Attorney (1988 – 1992)

  • US Navy, Judge Advocate General

EDUCATION JD, North Carolina Central University (1984)

  • Bachelor’s, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, English and Economics (1981)

Judge Gale Adams’ web site on this link.

Lucy Inman, a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, is a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2022. Judge Inman was elected statewide to the Court of Appeals in 2014.

Judge Inman was raised in Raleigh by parents who taught her the value of hard work and respect for people of all races, faiths, and walks of life. She graduated from Sanderson High School and earned a degree in English from N.C. State University.
More information on this link.

Former Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat; and former Judge Bob Orr, a one-time Republican whose recent political efforts have been largely in opposition to his former party, are leading an initiative to increase trust in North Carolina’s elections infrastructure. The initiative kicks off this week and is sponsored by the Carter Center, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s 501(c)3, which focuses on promoting peace and democracy across the world.

More information on this link.

Judge Orr interviews Candidates for NC Appeals Judge seats, the candidates are Judges Donna Straud and Darren Jackson. The interview was conducted on September 26, 2022.

This interview is in two parts, with Judge Jackson on the first half and Chief Judge Donna Stroud in the second half.

Judge Darren Jackson
Chief Judge Donna Stroud

Dr. Chris Cooper conducts a candidate forum with Democratic Candidate Billy Martin.

NC Center for Nonprofits Questionaire

Q1. Please tell us about your personal experiences with nonprofits. These may include experiences with any organizations that have served you and/or fellow residents of your community, or specific nonprofits for which you’ve served as a board member, staff person, volunteer, or donor.

WPVM 103.7 presents an interview with Justice Samuel J. Ervin IV, moderated by Justice Robert Orr, Retired. The interview happened on September 12, 2022 at WPVM studio. Justice Ervin’s campaign page is on this link.

Topics discussed are:

  • Justice Ervin’s background and family history
  • Justice on Supreme Court responsibilities
  • NC Supreme Court Candidate campaign.

Justice  Lucy Inman is scheduled to be interviewed on Sept. 19, 2022, at 2:00 PM on WPVM.

NC House Districts 114, 115 & 116 Candidate Forum
Dr. Chris Cooper, moderates a forum with Eric Ager, Lindsey Prather, Mollie Rose and Caleb Rudow on Sept. 14, 2022.

Topics discussed are:

  • Medicaid expansion, HCA issues?
  • Abortion?
  • Voting rights and voting security, and what should the General assembly’s role should be in voting rights?
  • Does Western NC get the attention it deserves from Raleigh?
  • What can the general assembly do to keep good teachers in NC?

Republican District 11 Debate - Judge Robert Orr Moderating

WPVM hosts a Republican Candidate Debate on April 11, 2022. Republican Candidates participating were; Wendy Nevarez, Michelle Woodhouse, Rod Honeycutt, and Bruce O’Connell. Judge Robert Orr (NC Supreme Court – retired) moderated the debate.

Democrat Forum for Dist 11. Dr. Chris Cooper Moderating

Dr Chris Cooper moderates a candidate forum with Democrats, Bo Hess, Jasmine Beach Ferrara, Jay Carey, and Katie Dean. The forum happened on April 18, 2022.

NC Dist 11 Candidate Col. (Ret) Rod Honeycutt (Republican)

Judge Robert Orr joins WPVM to discuss the recent Section 3 of the 14th Amendment that challenges Madison Cawthorn’s eligibility to run for office in District 11.

Republican Candidate for Dist. 11 Bruce O’Connell interview in WPVM; he talks about his contract for District 11.

Josh Remillard – Democratic District 11 Candidate

 District 11 Candidate Forum in Marshall, NC 7-29-21

Katie Dean- District 11 Democratic Candidate

Wendy Nevarez – District 11 Republican Candidate

Jay Carey – Dist 11 Democratic Candidate

District 11 Candidate  Bo Hess 

District 11 Candidate Forum.

 Streamed live on Oct 21, 2020 Featuring comments and video clips on Madison Cawthorn and live comments from Col. Morris Davis Madison Cawthorn declined the invitation.

Asheville City Council Candidates at Ferguson Auditorium on Feb. 5, 2020. Assorted questions from the community are presented to the candidates.