Rocky Mount, N.C.— As the nation gears up to view the first presidential debates, North Carolina Wesleyan College and the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce are preparing to host a local debate for the state’s gubernatorial candidates. The two agencies, in partnership with WRAL TV-5 and Capitol Broadcasting, Inc., have arranged to televise a live debate between Democratic candidate Walter Dalton and Republican candidate Pat McCrory.
This exciting event will take place in front of an audience at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in the Minges Auditorium within the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC. WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting will produce a one-hour, real-time broadcast of the debate to be aired throughout the state.
Although there is no cost, tickets are required and seating is limited to the capacity of the auditorium. The general public can obtain the free tickets by calling the Dunn Center Box Office at 252-985-5197 during weekday business hours of 10 am – 5 pm. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets, which may be picked up at the box office in advance or at the Will-Call Window from 5-7 pm on the evening of the debate.
All ticket holders must be in their seats by 6:30 pm. At that time, vacant seats will be made available for others on the stand-by list. Individuals may not “save” seats, under any circumstances.
David Crabtree, WRAL News anchor and Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie will serve as moderators for the debate. Both are experienced moderators, who will explain the debate format to the candidates and the audience in the opening segment. The public may submit questions online at WRAL.com prior to and during the debate.
Due to the nature of a live broadcast, the audience will adhere to strict guidelines to insure a smooth transmission of the program. No banners, hats, flags, signs, or any item that could obstruct the view for others will be allowed. Audience members may not stand, heckle, or create a disturbance of any kind. No cameras (including cell phone cameras) or other electronic devices will be allowed in the auditorium. Law enforcement and security personnel will be in place to monitor audience behavior.
The gubernatorial debate at Wesleyan is presented as a public service to the citizens of Eastern North Carolina. The sponsors engaged in several months of intra-agency discussions and negotiations with the campaign committees to finalize the arrangements for the debate.
“We anticipate this will be the most watched debate of the entire campaign for the governor’s office,” said NCWC President James Gray. “We are proud to have it on our campus and are grateful for the partnerships with Capitol Broadcasting, WRAL, and the Rocky Mount Chamber that have made it possible.”
Chamber Chairman Lige Daughtridge expressed the community’s enthusiasm for having a debate in the eastern part of the state. He said, “This will allow us to have contact with North Carolina’s future leadership while drawing attention to our region and its role in the future success of the state. As the hosts for this important event, we have a unique opportunity to showcase the Twin County area with its wonderful quality of life and strategic location for business development.”
Likely to be the final gubernatorial debate before the November election, the October 24 event at NC Wesleyan will allow the candidates to highlight their credentials and share their respective vision for the state. Dalton is a Democrat and serves as the current lieutenant governor. Republican candidate McCrory is the former mayor of Charlotte.
For free tickets or more information, contact NC Wesleyan College at 252-985-5197 or on the website at www.ncwc.edu.