Sen. Jeff Jackson, left, and Carl Mumpower (Photo: Courtesy N.C. Senate and Carl Mumpower)
ASHEVILLE – The head of the local Republican Party and a Democratic state senator from Charlotte will debate whether North Carolina should spend more on public education here Saturday.
Carl Mumpower, chairman of the Buncombe County GOP and a former city councilman, issued an open challenge in June to debate any public issue at a debate organized by political or neighborhood groups. Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg, is the first to take him up on the offer.
Mumpower says the challenge is an effort to raise awareness of Republicans and their position on issues and “to up the level of political civility in constructive fashion.”
Jeff Rose, chairman of the county Democratic Party, said Jackson saw a news article about Mumpower’s invitation and decided to participate.
Jackson praised the initiative in a statement, saying, “We have a chance to show that in a highly politicized country, we can still have a respectful, civil discussion about core issues.”
“Public education is at the center of North Carolina’s communities and economy,”