Former congressional candidate sets his sights on town hall.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — The two candidates for mayor appear side-by-side at a public forum at town hall tonight (Thursday), hosted by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce.
The candidates, incumbent mayor Vivian Jones and challenger Bill Randall, will each answer five questions posed by chamber representatives and then two solicited (in writing) from the audience.
Both will also be allowed opening statements.
The hour-long forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the town board meeting room upstairs at town hall.
The event will be broadcast live on community cable channel 10 and rebroadcast later times and dates.
A former cafe owner and caterer, Jones has been mayor since 2000 and served as commissioner before that. She pushed for the town’s bus system, use of the Futures Fund to bring in tech-based businesses and is a strong proponent of the arts.
A U.S. Naval veteran who retired as command master chief, Randall has previously run twice for the U.S. House of Representatives, losing to Brad Miller, and in a primary, current U.S. Rep. George Holding.
Randall is a private business consultant who promises to revitalize the economy while keeping the town clean and safe.
A similar forum held a month ago for incumbent town commissioner Margaret Stinnett and her three challengers, Shinica Thomas, Mike Cole and Jim Thompson, followed the same format.
The four candidates are vying for two seats. Commissioner Frank Drake did not refile.
In addition to the forum, commissioner candidates were asked several questions about business incentives, controlling growth and development activity to be answered in writing. Those answers are posted on the chamber’s website in the government affairs section.
Randall and Jones have also been asked four questions for the website. Their written responses are due Friday.
The election for both the commissioners and mayoral races is Nov. 5.