Chadbourn city council candidates respond to recent violence ahead of November election


CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) – The small town of Chadbourn was rocked by major crime in the year 2021. From shootings to the arrest of the town’s former police chief, affected residents have seized the opportunity to question the candidates for the municipal council on the future.

The forum style event on Wednesday night was held at Chadbourn Elementary School and hosted by Justin Williamson, who also broadcast the event live via Positive Flow Studios.

“What can we do to provide activities for our young people to get them off the streets and teach them positive life skills? Williamson asked the six contestants, reading a question posed by a viewer online.

The candidates were united in this response, saying it takes everyone to stop the spread of violence and offering suggestions such as developing volunteer programs and building a local community center.

“Chadbourn, I think, is on the rebound,” Williamson said. “At least we hope it will. We are trying to push in that direction. And as you have heard this evening from some of our candidates, we want to make sure they are united on this front. “

There are six candidates vying for two open seats on the Chadbourn City Council. In addition to incumbent Danny Clewis, nominees for the post are Shannon Britt (wife of Mayor Phillip Britt), Myles Cartrette, Marie Kelley, Tracy Ritchart and Rashad Roberts.

Williamson wanted the forum to be an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves and for voters to learn more about Chadbourn’s future.

“It was important to try to keep that fire going,” said Williamson. “We have organized several community gatherings on crime and social justice issues in our city. It’s important to keep people engaged.

Election day is November 2. You can find out where to register to vote or participate in the early voting by clicking here.

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