The chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party will debate a state lawmaker this Saturday in what could be the first of several Asheville-area debates.
In June, the Buncombe County GOP announced it would donate $100 to charity on behalf of any person or organization who would agree to “debate any local, state or national political issue.” The person or group who agreed would be allowed to pick which charity the money would be given to.
“We want to take a positive approach to our community’s currently negative political paradigm, and we believe our conservative values will stand the test,” the GOP group said in its announcement.
State Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat from Charlotte, responded to the group on Twitter saying he would debate them and match the offer of $100.
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Jackson posted on Facebook that the debate would be Saturday at Vance Elementary School in Asheville from 2-3:30 p.m. Jackson’s office confirmed that the money will be given to the Buncombe Partnership for Children to address early childhood education.
Buncombe County GOP Chairman Carl Mumpower and Jackson will debate whether to increase education funding in North Carolina. Mumpower said he’s looking forward to the debate – even though Jackson is on the wrong political side.
“We are both gentlemen,” Mumpower said. “We will stick to the truth without all the name calling and other political discourse we’ve seen.”
He said others who have contacted his group about a debate include a Young Democrats group from Winston-Salem and groups from Buncombe County focused on marijuana rights and climate change.