Political roundup

The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum at noon Oct. 11 at Tartan Hall in Franklin for county commissioner candidates. 

Incumbent Democrat Bobby Kuppers is facing Republican Paul Higdon in District 3. Incumbents Jim Tate and Kevin Corbin are running unopposed.

The event is open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring their own bag lunch and drink.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation from citizens in government. It is preferred that there be no display of campaign paraphernalia. Signs and banners are prohibited on the premises. 



Dodie Allen, vice-chair of the Swain County Republican Party, will host a “Conversation with the Candidates” 8:30 p.m. to noon Oct. 6 in the main building at Uncle Bill’s Flea Market, located on U.S. 74 between Cherokee and Dillsboro.

Republican candidates participating include Mark Meadows, candidate for U.S. House; N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, who is running for re-election in District 50; and Mike Clampitt, candidate for N.C. House 119. The event is informal and open to the public



The Swain County Democratic Party is celebrating the election season with  “Roaring on the River,” starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Riverview Park in Bryson City.

The well-known local band the Freight Hoppers will begin playing at 3 p.m., followed by speeches from Hayden Rogers, candidate for U.S. Congress in the 11th District; John Snow, candidate for the 50th District’s N.C. Senate seat; Joe Sam Queen, a candidate for N.C. House in the 119th District and Swain County Democratic candidates for School Board at 4 p.m.

A buffet dinner with barbecue chicken, lemon-pepper chicken and all the fixings will be served from 5- 7 p.m. while Liz and AJ Nance perform.



Joe Sam Queen, the Democratic candidate for the state House in District 119, is attending couple events in the coming days.

• People are invited to the home of John Highsmith, 472 Cansadie Top in Waynesville, for a “Joe Sam Queen House Party” from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 7. 828.627.9005

•  Meet Queen from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Alarka Community Center in Bryson City. For more information or directions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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