School Board member E.C. Peed ducks candidate forum | Eastern North Carolina Now | doesn't even give an excuse as to why she is not there

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Liberal School Board incumbent E. C. Peed ducked the county wide candidate forum sponsored by the Daily News and the Chamber of Commerce.  She sent a written statement that did not even bother to offer any excuse as to why she did not attend. In her 27 years on the School Board, Peed has rarely opened her mouth to discuss anything, so maybe she is not good at answering questions.

The only other candidate not to attend was Tandy Dunn, who pointed out he had an out of town business meeting that had been scheduled for months.  Dunn also gave a written statement that focused on how we do not need to spend any more money on a jail after the $2 million that has been spent recently.

RINO Commissioner Frankie Waters who is seeking reelection boasted that he had raised taxes three times since he was elected.  He talked a lot about spending taxpayer money, only he referred to it as "investing".   Waters actually proclaimed that he was not a conservative Republican and did not want the support of conservative Republicans.

Throughout the county commission panel, Waters and liberal Democrat Ed Booth were constantly agreeing with each other, while conservative Republican commissioner Stan Deatherage took the opposing side on most issues.

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( October 23rd, 2022 @ 12:38 am )
Steve, I agree on all points. While I appreciate the forum sponsors putting these things together, they really are limited in what can be accomplished.

You're right. The public is relegated to the sidelines entirely. Usually, the general public is not even there. In this one I saw a lot of family and friends of candidates. Some of my friends attended along with my sister and her husband. I think there was one person there that could actually vote in the district I'm running in.

I guess there wasn't much to cover concerning my two answers. The WDN article focused on some work I did over 35 years ago, and I'm pretty sure they didn't have much understanding of just what that job was.

It is way better to have a real debate. Since my opponent did not attend, it would have been good to at least be able to critique her statement that was read aloud by the moderator. For example, about those "growth" pronouncements: Isn't that a way of getting around the hard data of woefully bad proficiency scores? Looks like this format does little to illuminate a public servant's record or to force the candidate to make an effort to defend their record. That said, I did deal with those proficiency scores in one of my answers and in my concluding remarks.

To do this right it would have to be done one race at a time. There is just not enough time to squeeze in all the races and most of the candidates in one evening. That doesn't mean we shouldn't do it right. We should. Do we really have so much competing local news to make it impossible? Why not have a week of real debates? That would supply a lot of stories for newspapers and news blogs. Also, that would be very relevant local news.
( October 22nd, 2022 @ 8:37 pm )
Charles, a "candidate forum" with rigged questions does little for the public. The public is shut out of being participants and only allowed to be spectators, and that is not fair to the public. A better format is to have questions come from the public, not canned questions from the forum sponsors.

Indeed, it is better to have a real debate. I like the format of the Lincoln - Douglas debates, where half of the questions were composed by each candidate, and there was no moderator to throw his / her spin into it. A moderator's role should only be to keep order, not inject their opinions into debates. That is why the Republican National Committee has voted NOT to have its presidential candidate participate in debates sponsored by the bent Commission on Presidential Debates, which since it has existed has used only liberal moderators and given them far too much control of the process. Future presidential debates will now be negotiated directly between the parties.
( October 20th, 2022 @ 6:27 am )
In these forum formats it's really kind of hard to get past the superficial elements or to bring out much of substance.

I do have one small correction to make from the WDN article. The report stated that one of my additional Army duties was as a physical safety inspector. I was actually serving as a physical security inspector. They are two different things.

Despite the constraints and limitations of these political forums, they are still better than staying home and watching TV.
( October 19th, 2022 @ 11:41 pm )
John, it was a weird format.

Only two questions, with 2 minutes to answer each, which is too long to answer any question, and no time for rebuttal, which kept everything too tame, ergo, Frankie and Ed agreeing on issues that neither one have any real command of, other than to spend more of the People's money for more "progress."

Also, it was not my intention to take such a low key, but direct approach; however, it may eventually serve my candidacy well for I have certainly already presented a long story, in this publication - , and to add a bit of Conservative flavor here - on what I have done and will do as a public servant. I close by being most thankful for the Conservative Republican Club in all their endeavors to claw away at telling the true, evolving story of Fake Frankie Waters, and I stand behind their efforts to do so, even if some conclusions may be rather forward looking.

The sad part here is that the core of that group's ambitious pronouncements are almost always Right, and that is why I continue as a true Conservative to serve these fine and active constituents to stop Fake Frankie and his kind from doing any more damage to the well being of Beaufort County's good People.
( October 19th, 2022 @ 10:47 pm )
I felt my ads this time should cover other information such as who I am and not repeat past ads. The ad says:

For over 40 years I have served my community
as a Firefighter, EMT, and Law Enforcement
Officer. Help me continue my service by
electing me your next County Commissioner.
If elected I will work towards getting our
deputies back into the schools, cut wasteful
spending and reduce your taxes.
Equal services for the entire county will be a
focus and we need to get our recycling program back up.

I feel like I continued what I have said in the past and with only thirty seconds I said what I could.
( October 18th, 2022 @ 6:57 pm )
E. C. Peed has always been little more than a rubber stamp for the superintendent. She rarely has anything at all to say at school board meetings.

On Tandy Dunn, I heard one of his radio ads today, and he did not mention taxes or spending at all. Frankie Waters could have said what he did. This is very different from the old Tandy. He is also no longer stressing that he will not bow down to Jerry Langley.

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