US House candidates talk issues at forum

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Submitted: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 2:41am
Updated: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:35pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Candidates for the 7th District US House seat talked about the issues at a candidate forum Monday night.

The forum was sponsored by WWAY and WHQR, and our very own Chris Brown was the co-moderator. Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian J. Wesley Casteen discussed a wide range of issues from Ebola to the economy. They both attempted to set themselves apart as the candidate that represented a better choice to the voters.

The two men, though, had very different answers when it came to the topic of law enforcement and Ferguson, MO.

“I find that things do happen. You have some folks that will do racial profiling. It happens in this community. It happens across our country,” Barfield said.

“The media took a theme. The media took a headline and ran with it. We have yet to determine the truth of that situation,” Casteen said.

David Rouzer, the Republican candidate for this seat, decided not to attend the forum, because he already had media availability scheduled this month.

Election Day is Nov. 4.


  • JD says:

    Barfield is up for reelection to the Board of Commissioners in 2016, his dining habits are safe for another 2 years.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    McIntyre has hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars remaining in his coffers. He chose not to support his party’s candidate to replace him. I guess he knew the outcome for November, months ago.

    Now Barfield will be out as a County Commissioner in December.

    Has it dawned on him that he’ll have to turn in that county issued credit card? And why is he the only Commissioner issued 1?

    Will the Commission have enough moral fiber to require an audit of his credit card use?

    And has it dawned on him, he’ll be dining on his own nickel in December?

    Perhaps his political future led him to enjoy life at the public trough before he was out of office.

  • Rick Wilson says:

    I believe Barfield has 2 more years on the County Commission. I do not believe he is the only one that a credit card is available for.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    on his remaining 2 years.

    However, unless other Commissioners have recieved County issued credit cards within the past 60 days, he is the only Commissioner holding 1.

    Both he and the County Manager have so been quoted in recent articles.

    Let’s hope the Commission issues some guidelines which will require him to pay meal expenses which exceed the per diem allowed employees unless approved in advance.

  • Rick Wilson says:

    I did not say he was not the only one with a credit card, I stated they are available for all commissioners. I do not think any of them should have a credit card and they should be held to the same per diem as the rest of the county employees. I also believe itemized receipts should be required.

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