WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican candidates in New Hanover County got a chance to let voters get to know them and where they stand on issues at a Republican forum Thursday.
The forum was hosted by the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women’s Club and the New Hanover County Republican Party.
Candidates for the Board of Education, the Register of Deed, County Commissioners, and the NC House of Representatives were able to introduce themselves and answer a series of questions sent in by citizens.
Candidates running for the NC House of Representatives got the most questions per individual at four questions each. NC House candidates Tammy Covil and Holly Grange answered questions on a range of topics, but education was a hot topic for all the night’s candidates.
“Education is a bureaucracy that needs to be eliminated at the top, but there’s also big money in education,” Covil said.
Grange focused on increasing teacher salaries in the state.
“We need to look at different innovations so that we can retain the good teachers we have in the state,” Grange said.
There was a large audience for the event. Some audience members, like Glen Thearling, don’t live in New Hanover County but thought it was important to attend and be informed.
“The counties are tied together now, and I was kind of hoping to hear them say they were going to be working together on some of these issues,” Thearling said.
Thearling lives in Brunswick County and felt many of their water and sewage issues were similar to those in New Hanover County.
The New Hanover County primary election will be held March 15.