Cunningham and Bray to talk with constituents at U.S. Senate race town hall

10/5/20 Update: Due to a scheduling conflict, today’s town hall has been postponed. We are working to reschedule it and will post details as soon as they are available. We apologize for the late notice. Many thanks to everyone who had signed on to participate or planned to join us via the livestream.


Candidates for U.S. Senate Cal Cunningham (D) and Shannon Bray (L) will take questions from constituents at a virtual town hall on Monday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Jeff Tiberii, Capitol Bureau Chief for WUNC and host of the WUNC Politics podcast, will moderate the candidate discussions. Tiberii’s work has been recognized with seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and for the last three years he has been named Radio Reporter of the Year by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.

The North Carolina 2020 U.S. Senate Race Town Hall is an opportunity for voters to engage directly to Senate candidates about the issues that matter most to them.

“Our goal with the town hall is to connect voters from across the state directly with the candidates, particularly constituents that­­ are often excluded from the political conversation,” said Joseph Jordan, director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black History and Culture, a sponsoring organization.

Members of the public can submit questions for the candidates to by Friday, Oct. 2. A livestream of the event will be available at The town hall will have English and Spanish closed captioning.

Current U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R) and Kevin Hayes, Constitution Party, are also running for U.S. Senate. The Tillis campaign has declined to participate, and the Hayes campaign has not responded to invitations to participate.

The town hall is hosted by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill and the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties, Inc., with co-sponsorship by the Center for Family and Community Engagement at NC State, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute of Politics at UNC-Chapel Hill, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, NC State Student Government, and the Triangle Native American Society.

Event Contact: Sheriff Abba Drammeh,

Media Contact: Shannon Harvey,


Updated 9/30/2020: An earlier version said that Tillis and Hayes had been invited, but their campaigns had not yet confirmed their participation. The original deadline for submitting questions for the candidates was October 1.