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

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

Speciale and Sanderson, both Republicans, responded “yes,” and Cayton and Muse, both Democrats, answered “no.”

Another question let each candidate fill in the blanks in a query for one good point about their opponent, and then “but I can do a better job because … .”

Sanderson, who is completing his first term in the N.C. House, said that Muse is a small business man who knows a lot about that sector’s challenges but that his own experience in getting to know how the General Assembly operates and the relationships he’s made there, make him the best choice.

Muse said Sanderson “is a good man, a kind man,” but that his own motivation “to push and keep going” and the fact that “I won’t back away from a challenge” would make him a better state senator.

Speciale said, “My opponent is a liberal and I am a conservative” and that he would fight for the issues that are important to the district.

Cayton, a nine-term Beaufort County commissioner, baulked at the liberal label. He said his experience singles him out over Speciale as the best House pick. “I have a proven record of leadership” that voters can look at to see how he stands on a broad range of Eastern North Carolina issues, he said.

A Craven County forum with candidates is being held Tuesday at the BridgePointe Hotel in New Bern.

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