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Message from Michele Burgess, Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce President:
Our Chamber was one of four in the state to be asked to host “Hometown Debate – Delivery of Medical Services.” This is a televised series that will be aired across NC by Spectrum News.
It is being sponsored by the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership. This is their 33rd year of operation.
John Hood is the chairman of their Board of Directors and works for the John William Pope Foundation. He also writes a column that appears in The Daily Dispatch newspaper. The NC-IOPL has a new Executive Director, Brad Young.
This forum will be held in the Civic Center at VGCC in Henderson on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 7 – 8 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet and speak with the participants afterward.
The moderator will be Loretta Boniti, news anchor with Spectrum News – Channel 14.
There are four panelists – Legislator Donna McDowell White from Johnston County, a former nurse; Legislator Maryann Black from Durham County, the Vice President of Community Relations at Duke Health Systems; policy expert Jordan Roberts with the John Locke Foundation and Gregory Griggs with the NC Academy of Family Physicians.
The Chamber Board has endorsed this event. Tanya Evans spoke with the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, who has hosted in the past, and I have spoken with the Asheboro Chamber of Commerce, who has hosted in the past, and we both got great reviews on how this was a progressive move for their Chamber, the debate/forum was very interesting and they received good publicity from hosting it.
Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health, spoke personally with John Hood and endorsed it as well.
Please encourage your board members, governmental officials, civic club members and any other organizations you may be involved with to please send representatives.