Muse, Sanders, Cayton, Speciale talks of school vouchers, Cherry Point

Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 05:59 PM.

Candidates seeking election Nov. 6 for one of two state offices took questions at an hour and 45-minute forum at the Ned Delamar Center at Pamlico Community College on Thursday.

Democrat Greg Muse of Craven County and Republican Norman Sanderson of Pamlico County squared off in their bid for the vacant three-county N.C. Senate District 2 seat, which includes Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties.

Democrat Robert Cayton of Beaufort County and Republican Mike Speciale of Havelock presented their positions in the race for newly drawn N.C. House District 3, which includes parts of Craven County.

The forum included submitted questions by those attending, including why the candidates wanted to be elected, their position on ferry tolls set to begin in July 2013, whether they support the regional library system, what they will do to support senior citizens, and how they will use their position to fight on behalf of Cherry Point and the Fleet Readiness Center East repair facility.

All said they oppose ferry tolls, though Sanderson, who currently serves in the N.C. House, said he voted for the compromise state budget that included the tolls to keep the budget balanced without resulting in a general tax increase. He said the toll moratorium in place allows time to work out plans to eliminate them.

All said they support the regional library system and are already working and will continue to support Cherry Point and FRC East.

To avoid any notion that “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them,” moderator Ben Casey asked a “yes” or “no” question to pin down state candidates’ stances on the issue of school vouchers.

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