Some local politicians faced a tough crowd Friday morning. A student-candidate forum was held at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington. The high school students wanted answers to questions on issues that matter to them. "The economy, gas prices and alternate energy sources," said Kayla Bair, a New Hanover High senior. Ryan Sutton, also a New Hanover High senior said, "Abortion and illegal immigration." Those are a few of the topics more than 100 high school students posed to the candidates for the North Carolina House and Senate seats, State Supreme Court, District Court, and the New Hanover County School Board. Republican Carolyn Justice said, "I think it's important to talk with them and explain to them what we do, how we do and why we do it. So that when they are old enough to vote, they understand a little bit about that position and I think their decisions are more informed." "It's important to talk us and know what we stand firm in. Everything that they talk to us about has to be about our issues," said Wilmington Christian Academy 11th grader, Zach Judson. “A lot of issues are being brought up and a lot of their decisions will be affected by today," added Bair. These students threw rapid fire questions at the candidates on anything from the state drop out rate to sex education in the classroom. Even though the majority of these students are not eligible to vote, a few will be by Election Day. Lacy Schupp, a Wilmington Christian Academy senior, is turning 18 just days before the election, and she is taking her responsibility as a first-time voter very seriously. "It really motivated me to learn about the candidates and find out what they stand for. So I can be an informed voter to know who I'm voting for and why," she said. You can still make it out to tonight's candidate’s forum at Cape Fear Community College's Schwartz Center. Starting at 6:00 p.m., candidates for Governor and the US Senate will be on hand, taking questions from a group of panelists and the audience.
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