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Chamber Candidate Forum Set For Thursday


Last updated 9/20/2021 at 12:43pm

Another forum for candidates for Brevard Mayor and Brevard City Council will be held this Thursday, via Zoom.

The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce will host its annual candidates forum, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our candidates and community, this event will not be held in person this year as originally planned,” a chamber news release said.

The event will be made available to the public via several options posted at http://www.brevardncchamber. org.

The forum will feature two panels, beginning with the Brevard City Council race.

Candidates Aaron Baker, Bill Bailey, Kevin Jones and Mac Morrow are competing for two seats.

The second panel features the Brevard Mayor’s race, with candidates Chuck Chapman, Maureen Cope-lof, Danny Hein and Dee Dee Perkins also answering questions.

There will be no session for the town of Rosman Aldermen race as the candidates’ attendance could not be confirmed, the release said.

“One of the key roles of our chamber is to connect our members, as well as the public with the elected officials who represent us locally,” said Chamber Executive Director Clark Lovelace. “Providing an opportunity to learn more about the candidates for these important positions prior to an election is a crucial part of that. We’d like to thank Comporium, The Transylvania Times and WSQL Radio for helping ensure that the public can participate.”

The forum will be moderated by John Lanier, former editor for The Transylvania Times. Lanier served as editor from 2007 until June of this year. During that time, he moderated candidate forums for the county commissioners, school board, sheriff’s office and municipal races, as well as serving as a panelist for two U.S. Congressional candidate debates.

A 39-year resident of the county, Lanier also taught in the local schools and at Blue Ridge Community College in between prior stints at the paper, where he worked as a general staff reporter, sports editor and news editor.

The Brevard/-Transylvania Chamber of Commerce is an unbiased, nonpartisan organization that hosts the annual candidates forum as a community service, the release said.

The event, organized by the chamber’s Govern-mental Affairs Committee, is designed to provide citizens an opportunity to learn more about candidates and their platforms.

The forum will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. at:

•The Brevard/ Transylvania Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, ncchamber

•WSQL Radio 102 FM, 1240 AM, and listen live at

•On Sept. 28, a recording will be available on the chamber’s YouTube Channel, .com/channel/UCOUUKymsIRByCXqwjFo2SCQ

Comporium Cable TV Channel 102: Sunday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m .; Tuesday, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m .; and Thursday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m


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