First Posted: 9/4/2009
September is shaping up as a busy month for local political candidates, and voters, with two more events now scheduled in addition to others previously announced.
Gene Clark, one of four candidates for mayor, is sponsoring two upcoming sessions he says will allow voters to get to know him and air their concerns, viewpoints and questions regarding city government.
Clark said Friday that present members of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners and a candidate running unopposed for one of its seats, Stephen Yokeley, have been invited to the events.
And while one of the commissioners, Deborah Cochran, is opposing Clark for mayor, he said that the mayoral candidates havent been asked to attend officially. But theyre more than welcome to come, he said of Teresa Lewis and Paul Eich, in addition to Cochran.
The first of the meetings is set for Mount Airy Middle School on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and the second for Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the old Pine State Knitwear warehouse at 219 Frederick St.
Among other political gatherings scheduled this month, The Good Life Cafe will launch a candidate series on Thursday, in which a different mayoral candidate is to appear each week at 10 a.m. Thursdays program will include Cochran, with Lewis to be featured on Sept. 17, Eich on Sept. 24 and Clark on Oct. 1.
The four will occupy a front-window section of the downtown cafe and provide short presentations on their candidacies, then field questions from citizens who attend.
In addition, a social hour in which the public can meet candidates for mayor is set for Sept. 22 at 308 Bistro in downtown Mount Airy. The informal gathering at the restaurant is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
It is designed to allow the public to interact with the candidates in an informal setting, with no structured question-and-answer format included.
In addition to those events, the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a forum for Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, one week before a primary for the mayors race.
All six candidates for city positions, including two who are opposed for commissioner seats, will be involved in that gathering, with the office-seekers to be seated onstage to answer questions prepared by local media outlets and possibly chamber members.
The chamber also has tentatively scheduled a debate for Oct. 13 between the two top vote-getters in the primary, who will face off in the Nov. 3 general election.