Elon to co-sponsor ABSS Board of Education Candidate Forum on Oct. 11

The university is partnering with Impact Alamance and the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a forum of ABSS Board of Education candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Elon University will team with Impact Alamance and the Alamance Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor the Alamance-Burlington School System Board of Education Candidate Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The forum, which will take place at Paramount Theater at 128 E. Front St. at 6:30 p.m., will include candidates all six of the ABSS Board of Education candidates – Leonard Harrison, Dan Ingle, Chuck Marsh, Charles Parker, Seneca Rogers and Avery Wagoner. Ann Bullock, the Dr. Jo Watts Williams Dean of Education at Elon, will moderate the forum.

“We value civic engagement and encouraging people to participate in the democratic process. And we also care about the local school system. The value of public schools is something that drew us to get involved with this forum,” said Carrie Eaves, associate professor of political science and policy studies who was also involved in the planning of the event.

Eaves said she hopes students and the larger Alamance County community will walk away from the forum better educated about the candidates and their platforms.

“This race is nonpartisan so they won’t have that label to lean on. Knowing where the candidates stand on important issues that they’ll face as potential members of the Board of Education is our goal, that they come away able to cast an educated vote,” Eaves said.

The forum will be live streamed on the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page and will be available to view afterward.

The university does not support or oppose any particular candidate for office, and no signs or political fundraising are permitted at the event.

Elon encourages civic engagement and active participation in the process of democracy, which is central to the mission of preparing graduates who are “global citizens and informed leaders motivated by a concern for the common good.” For more information about the guidelines for political activities on the campus of Elon University, visit the Civic Engagement website.