The Mount Airy News will hold a candidates forum at Surry Central High School

By Andy Winemiller -

With the March primary fast approaching and a full slate of candidates for county offices, The Mount Airy News is offering candidates an opportunity to convey their messages to the public.

The News will hold a candidates’ forum on Feb. 11 at Surry Central High School. Candidates for Surry County Register of Deeds, East District County Commissioner, Mount Airy District County Commissioner and Surry County School Board have been invited to attend.

Additionally, the Surry County Schools digital media class will film the event for use on the Surry Television station.

The incumbents in the races for school board and register of deeds and the Democrat running for East District Commissioner have no challengers. Therefore, the forum will offer those four candidates an opportunity to give a three-minute message to the public.

In the highly contested county commissioner races, candidates will participate in a round table question and answer session, moderated by a member of The News staff.

While The News expects to see much participation from office-hopefuls, readers will also have an opportunity to participate in the event by submitting questions to be used at the forum.

Readers can submit questions in a number of different ways. First, readers may submit a question for one specific candidate or all candidates for an office by sending a message to The Mount Airy News Facebook page, commenting on this story at, by mailing questions to The Mount Airy News, Attn: Andy Winemiller, 319 North Renfro Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030 or by emailing Andy at

Editorial staff will collect questions and choose which ones will be asked of candidates at the event.

The forum will kick off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the school’s gymnasium, but doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the event, which should last no longer than two hours.

There is no charge for admission to the event.

By Andy Winemiller

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

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