Video: Several City Council candidates describe their platforms

Photos: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Six candidates for City Council spoke briefly to an audience of about 50 people following a mayoral debate inside Fayetteville City Hall Thursday night.

The forum, hosted by the Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods, provided a two-minute opportunity for each City Council candidate to describe their platform.

Candidates in attendance for Thursday’s event:
Ward 2: Incumbent Alderman Matthew Petty and Ryan Abshire
Ward 4: Terry Coberly, Alan Long, J.P. Peters and Mike Emery

Those absent were:
Ward 1: Sarah Marsh (unopposed)
Ward 2: Adam Fire Cat
Ward 3: Martin Schoppmeyer (unopposed)
Ward 4: William Chesser (Note: Mr. Chesser, who teaches science at Har-Ber High School, wrote in to tell us he was participating in parent/teacher conferences Thursday night which prevented him from attending the candidate forum.)

Included below are videos of each candidate’s presentation. The event was also recorded by the Fayetteville Government Channel and is available – with higher quality video and audio – at

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Oct. 22. Residents must register by Oct. 7 to vote in the election.

Alderman Matthew Petty – Ward 2

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Ryan Abshire – Ward 2

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Terry Coberly – Ward 4

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Alan Long – Ward 4

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J.P. Peters – Ward 4

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Mike Emery – Ward 4

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