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The JoCo Candidates Connection is a virtual, candidate forum coordinated by the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce to make it convenient and easy for our members and candidates to connect.

We asked the candidates to respond to one simple question: Tell us why you are running for office and what you will do to make our community a great place to start and grow a business.

Click on any of the races below to view the candidate questions and their responses.



We asked all the candidates several questions like the question below.

Mike Mancuso, CEO of the Triangle East Chamber

Johnston County School Board Candidates

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1/ Tell us about yourself, your background, your strengths and why you think you are prepared to serve if elected. (Video)


Lyn Andrews

Kay Carroll

Mike Wooten

Teresa Grant

Rick Mercier

Chuck Williams

Ronald Johnson

Terry Tippet


2/ Our schools along the 95 Corridor consistently test poorer than the rest of the county. Can you identify solutions to help us improve the performance of students in these schools? (Video)


Lyn Andrews

Kay Carroll

Mike Wooten

Teresa Grant

Rick Mercier

Ronald Johnson

Chuck Williams

Terry Tippet


3/ How can you contribute to the unity of the school board and the school system? (Video)


Ronald Johnson

Lyn Andrews

Kay Carroll

Mike Wooten

Teresa Grant

Rick Mercier

Chuck Williams

Terry Tippet


4/ The current School Board is in the process of creating county districts based on the location of high schools. Do you agree that is a good way to district the county or would you have a different solution? (Video)


Lyn Andrews

Kay Carroll

Mike Wooten

Teresa Grant

Rick Mercier

Ronald Johnson

Chuck Williams

Terry Tippet


5/ How do we get our schools back on track financially? (Video)


Lyn Andrews

Kay Carroll

Mike Wooten

Ronald Johnson

Teresa Grant

Rick Mercier

Chuck Williams

Terry Tippet

Johnston County Commissioner Candidates

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1/ Tell us about yourself, your background, your strengths and why you think you are prepared to serve if elected. (Video)


Fred Smith

Wendy May

Tony Braswell

Dr. Gettys Cohen, Jr

Justin King


2/ Johnston County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. What transportation planning would you propose to facilitate this growth? (Video)


Dr. Gettys Cohen, Jr

Justin King

Fred Smith

Tony Braswell

Wendy May


3/ As our county does continue to grow, how will you address the environmental effects and ensure our agricultural industry stays secure? (Video)


Dr. Gettys Cohen, Jr

Tony Braswell

Justin King

Fred Smith

Wendy May


4/ Would you be in favor of a commuter rail system that would connect Johnston Co. to areas west of us? (Video)


Tony Braswell

Dr. Gettys Cohen, Jr

Justin King

Fred Smith

Wendy May


5/ What new proactive measures and incentives should the county take to attract new industries to our area? (Video)


Dr. Gettys Cohen, Jr

Justin King

Tony Braswell

Fred Smith

Wendy May

Johnston County State House & Senate Candidates

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1/ Tell us about yourself, your background, your strengths and why you think you are prepared to serve if elected. (Video)


Jim Burgin

Donna White

Lisa Barnes

Allen Wellons

John Kirkman

Denton Lee


2/ What do you consider the top issues in North Carolina and what are your solutions to address them? (Video)


Jim Burgin

Donna White

Lisa Barnes

Allen Wellons

John Kirkman

Denton Lee


3/ Education is always a hot issue in any state campaign. How should we address funding for school districts and community colleges? (Video)


Jim Burgin

Donna White

Lisa Barnes

Allen Wellons

John Kirkman

Denton Lee


4/ With the decline of motor fuel tax, how will we replace that funding in the future for transportation? (Video)


Jim Burgin

Donna White

Lisa Barnes

Allen Wellons

John Kirkman

Denton Lee


5/ Where do you stand on Medicare for North Carolinians? (Video)


Jim Burgin

Donna White

Allen Wellons

John Kirkman

Denton Lee

Johnston County U.S. House & Senate Candidates

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1/ Tell us about yourself, your background, your strengths and why you think you are prepared to serve if elected. (Video)

2/ Do you feel the national response to Covid 19 has been sufficient? (Video)

3/ As we come out of the pandemic, what should the priorities of Congress be and what are you prepared to lead? (Video)

4/ What will you do to help bridge the divide and bring our legislators together for the good of our citizens & nation? (Video)

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