The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, which has served the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman region for more than 30 years is hosting the annual candidate forums. The third of which will take place for Davidson Town Board Candidates.The Huntersville Forum took place Tuesday, October 3rd and the Cornelius Forum October 10th.
The Davidson Forum will take place Thursday night, October 19th 7-9 pm at the Davidson Town Hall. The forum is moderated by Joshua Dobi, Public Policy Chair of the Chamber and the owner of Dobi Financial Group. The Chamber has held Candidate Forums in each town since 1996 for the benefit of both local business owners and voters. It is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend and ask questions of the candidates. The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization but believes in the principles of good government and encourages voters to be informed about the men and women who will lead the community and region.
The procedure for the evening has been distributed to all candidates and can be found below.
LAKE NORMAN CHAMBER of COMMERCE
2017 CANDIDATE FORUM PROCESS
• The Davidson Forum for Mayor and Commissioner Candidates will take place at Town Hall, 216 South Main St Davidson.
• Candidates for each session will be seated in alphabetical order.
• Someone with the Chamber will be on hand to facilitate seating and change out of candidates between sessions.
• The Chamber will furnish the moderator – Joshua Dobi, Chair Lake Norman Chamber Public Policy Division.
• Bottled water will be provided.
• Each candidate will be afforded an opportunity to respond to each question. Given the number of candidates for Commissioner, two fields of commissioner candidates will be selected. The first field of Seven include: Anderson, Berger, Erber, Fort, Graham, Sitton, and Weaver. The second field of six will be Angell, Campbell, Fay, Fuller, Michael, and Taylor. Please note this line up could be changed based on availability.
• Questions will come from the audience and from topics that have been identified to the Chamber as of interest to our citizens, community, and businesses.
• Questions from the audience will be screened and presented by the moderator to avoid duplications and ensure each candidate is offered an opportunity to respond.
• Questions from the Chamber will include topics over which local officials have influence. Questions from the audience will take priority over questions from the Chamber.
• Each candidate must speak for him/herself.
• The order of response to questions will be randomly selected for each question.
• Candidates will be given 30 seconds or 1 minute to respond to each question, with the determination made by the moderator, based on the nature of the question. Please note – this is a FORUM not a DEBATE so there is no rebuttal between candidates.
• A timekeeper will provide candidates a sign when he/she has 15 seconds remaining and when his/her time has expired.
• There will be a one thirty (30) second opening introduction.
• Each candidate will be given an opportunity to present a thirty-second closing statement.
• Dress is up to each individual candidate.
• Candidates typically wear business attire for functions such as this. Coat and tie for men. Dress or pantsuit for women.
• The Chamber will send out press releases to area media prior to the event.
• Area media will be on hand to cover the forums.
Davidson, Thursday, October 19th
7:00 - 7:05 Welcome by Chamber Chair Jay Lesemann and Introduction of Moderator
7:05 - 7:40 Mayor Candidates
7:40 - 7:45 Break
7:45 – 8:25 Commissioner Candidates – Field 1 *
8:25 – 8:30 Break
8:30 – 9:05 Commissioner Candidates – Field 2
9:05 Other Candidates
• Note: The moderator has the flexibility to add time to a field of candidate questions and will try to get in as many questions as reasonably possible.