EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article failed to make it clear that the forum starts at 6 p.m.

People running for elected offices this year in North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro have the opportunity to participate in a candidates’ forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday (today) at Mays Pit/Cohn Auditorium on the bottom floor of Wilkes Community College’s Thompson Hall.

Indivisible Wilkes is hosting the forum for Wilkesboro Town Council and North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioner candidates. It’s free and open to the public.

Candidates for three North Wilkesboro commissioner seats will speak from 6-7 p.m. and candidates for Wilkesboro mayor and two Wilkesboro Town Council seats will speak from 7-8 p.m.

Jerry Swaim, a former Wilkes County school principal and former member of the Wilkes Board of Elections, will be the moderator and will ask candidates several prepared questions.

“We believe it’s important for all residents of Wilkes County to have an opportunity to hear these candidates and have a better understanding of their positions on local issues. We feel strongly that an informed voter is the best voter,” said Gwen Shafer, Indivisible Wilkes chairman. For more information about the forum, contact Shafer at skeeter.shafer@gmail.com.

According to a press release, Indivisible Wilkes is a non-partisan group that stands for economic justice, healthcare for all, unobstructed voting rights, gender and sexual equality, a clean environment and internet access policies that work for all citizens of Wilkes County.

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