The League of Women Voters of Wake County is disappointed to report that all four incumbent County Commissioners who are running for re-election have informed us that they will not be participating in the candidate forums we had scheduled for September 17, October 2 and 9. The candidates were first invited to these forums on June 17 with formal invitations sent on July 8. This is indeed a sad day for Wake County. The League of Women Voters has put on candidate forums every year for at least the last 15 years. We have had successful participation from all candidates and have provided a valuable service to the voters of Wake County.

This year the incumbent County Commissioners sent us a joint letter in which they accused us of not being “broad in scope and bipartisan.” In addition they stated that our group “has a scope that is too narrow to adequately preserve the impartiality of the setting needed for a full and fair discussion on local issues.” Moreover they have falsely accused us of having engaged in a lawsuit against the county.

The League of Women Voters of Wake County does not consider this letter to be representative of the Republican Party of Wake County or of any other candidates for office in Wake County. We hope that we will continue to be able to sponsor candidate forums in the future.

The League of Women Voters was formed 94 years ago. Since that time it has strongly defended its strict nonpartisan origin. It neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government.

The League of Women Voters is both appalled and discouraged that these four incumbent county commissioners have resorted to inaccurate accusations and are unwilling to jointly meet with voters in Wake County.


The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a nonpartisan organization whose purposes are to encourage the active participation of all citizens in government, to work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles:

  • Voter Services/Citizen Education: We present unbiased non-partisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: We are non-partisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

We are guided by our principles as we carry out these roles.

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters’ name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.

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Timely Topics Bob Hall

Friday,September 19

Speaker: Bob Hall, Executive Director
Democracy North Carolina (BIO)

Topic: Can North Carolina’s current election laws affect November’s General Election?”


Venue: University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh

Menu: Grilled salmon, Caesar salad, steamed rice, chef’s medley vegetables and cookies.  A vegetarian option is available by calling Maryanne at 919-465-1509 by September 17.

$16 per person for lunch will be collected at the door. "No shows" will be billed. Guests are always welcome.

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 15 by website (below), by calling 919-465-1509 or by emailing mgocary@yahoo.com.


Questions? Call 919-465-1509.

The Education Committee of the Wake County League of Women Voters meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.  Meetings are held at the League office: 3509 Haworth Drive Suite 404, Raleigh, NC.  If you have questions call 919·783·5995.