Candidates Forum on Recreation

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 | 0 comments


On Tuesday, October 2nd, High Country Recreation co-hosted a Candidate’s Forum on recreation along with Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways.  There are six county commissioner candidates competing for three open seats, and all these candidates attended the event.  The open seats are:

-District 3:  Karen Lerch (R), Billy Kennedy (D)
-District 4:  David Blust (R), Larry Turnbow (D)
-District 5:  Jimmy Hodges (R), Barbara Kinsey (D)
Each candidate was asked the following questions:

1) Why did you choose to participate in this forum? (1 min)

2) What role does recreation play in economic development for our community?  (2 min)

3) What role do you see the Board of Commissioners playing to support recreation in our community?  (2 min)

4) A community recreation center has been an expressed need of the community for decades both in county/town planning and in community surveys.  Since a YMCA is not coming to Watauga County, what plans would you have to meet this need? (2 min)

5) Trails and greenways have been shown to be one of the most important recreation amenities in statewide and local surveys.  What role can the county play to support the development and building of local trails and greenways? (2 min)

Please watch the video to see their responses to these questions along with three questions from the audience.

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