Press release from Western Carolina University:

Sen. Jim Davis
Sen. Jim Davis

CULLOWHEE – The third and final in a series of political debates sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs will be held Thursday, Oct. 2.

The WCU Political Debate Series will wrap up with the contenders for the N.C. Senate District 50 seat, with incumbent Jim Davis (R-Macon) and opponent Jane Hipps (D-Haywood).

The debate will be held in room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus beginning at 7 p.m.

District 50 includes all of Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon, Jackson, and Haywood counties.

Jane Hipps
Jane Hipps

The debate series got underway Thursday, Sept. 4, with opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Tom Hill (D-Henderson).

That was followed by a debate featuring candidates in the N.C. House of Representatives District 119 race, which pits incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) against Mike Clampitt (R-Swain).

All debates are being broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on

Topics discussed during each of the debates are selected from questions submitted in advance to the PPI.

Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to, and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.

For more information about the WCU Political Debate Series, contact the Public Policy Institute at 828-227-3898.

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