Speak Out Editorial: A Debate Worth Hearing

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.

In about three weeks, Charlotte and other cities are scheduled to hold primary elections for local officials.
We know, “Who cares?” Right?
“The primaries aren’t really that important – I’ll just wait ‘til the general election.”
Do that, and the odds of your candidate being voted in are dramatically lowered.
For instance, there are two Republicans and six Democrats running for Mayor of Charlotte this year…
good candidates, names you’ve heard of.
But only one from each party will make it on the ballot for November.
People who vote in the primaries on September 15th will determine who those nominees are.
YOU should be one of those people.
One reason voters say they choose not to vote in primaries is that they don’t know enough about the candidates to make an informed choice.
Well, WBTV and our newspaper partner, the Charlotte Observer, want to help with that.
On Wednesday, September 2nd, we’ll jointly host debates between the candidates from the Queens University Conference Center.
WBTV’s Steve Crump will serve as Moderator, and our Jamie Boll will field questions from the audience.
The debates can be seen live beginning at 7:30 pm on Bounce TV.
That’s Channel 3.2 over the air and Channel 1255 on Time Warner Cable.
They’ll also be streamed live on WBTV.com and on CharlotteObserver.com.
Join us on next Wednesday, and then make a difference in how our city is run by voting on September 15th.
Tell us what you think, SpeakOut@wbtv.com.