Coffee, Cake, and Candidates Scheduled For April 23rd; RSVPs UPDATED 4/20

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host Coffee, Cake, and Candidates, Monday, April 23, 2018 at F.A.R.M. Café, located in Downtown Boone. Candidates involved in the following contested primary races have been invited to attend: U.S. House of Representatives District 5 (R & D), NC Senate District 45 (R), NC House of Representatives District 93 (R), Watauga County Board of Commissioners District 5 (R), and Watauga County Sheriff (R),

 An updated list of candidate RSVPs can be found at

Parking enforcement in the Town of Boone controlled lots in the Downtown district will end at 4:00 pm on April 23rd, allowing for parking access prior to the event.

The projected schedule will be as follows:

            5:00 –  Welcome and opening statement

            5:05 – Republican Candidates for the US House of Representatives District 5

            5:35 – Democratic Candidates for the US House of Representatives District 5

            6:05 – Republican Candidates for NC Senate District 45

            6:35 – Republican Candidates for NC House of Representatives District 93

            7:05 – Republican Candidates for Watauga County Commissioner District 5

            7:35 – Republican Candidates for Watauga County Sheriff

Each candidate will be given a 2-minute introductory statement. Questions will then be asked of all the candidates in a ‘round robin’ format; each having an opportunity to answer first, but all answering the same question.  The audience will be allowed to submit written questions during the forum.  All questions will be asked by the moderator.  Each response will have a 1-minute time limit and each candidate will have a 2-minute closing statement.  This forum is not intended to be a debate between candidates or between the audience and the candidates, but rather an opportunity for the citizenry to hear each candidate’s position on topics important to all.  In order to maintain decorum, political literature and signage will not be allowed in the room.

The following candidates have agreed to attend the forum as of April 20th:

US House of Representatives:

Virginia Foxx (R)

Dillon Gentry (R)

DD Adams (D)

Jenny Marshall (D)

NC Senate:

Deanna Ballard (R)

Shirley Randleman (R)

NC House:

Jonathan Jordan (R)

Robert Block (R)

Watauga County Commissioner District 5:

Tommy Sofield (R)

Allen Trivette (R)

Watauga County Sheriff

Tim Holman (R)

David Searcy (R)


If you have questions about the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, contact David Jackson at 828-264-2225 or email

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