Newton, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce will co-host a two-people-debateHometown Debate on the topic of the state’s education policy at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton on October 24th.

Doors open at 6:00pm for a brief reception and the debate will begin at 7:00 with a welcome from Loretta Boniti, Senior Political Reporter for Time Warner Cable News.

“The goal of these events is to encourage and enhance education dialogue at a local level – equipping voters with information they can use to make more informed business, policy, and electoral decisions,” said NCIOPL Board Chair Nelle Hotchkiss.

The debate in Newton will focus on the question “Should performance pay play more of a role in North Carolina teacher compensation?” NCIOPL’s mission is centered around fair political discourse on issues, and these debates will provide the opportunity to do just that.

The debate will be broadcast and live streamed online by Spectrum News and the North Carolina Radio News Network.

The debate will be moderated by Spectrum’s Loretta Boniti, and the panelists are Matt Ellinwood from the North Carolina Justice Center, Terry Stoops from the John Locke Foundation, Representative Craig Horn and Representative Susan Fisher.  The event is free, and reservations can be made at Additionally, questions for the panelists may be submitted in advance by submitting them via email to Lindsay Keisler,