UNCA to Host Tri-Partisan Constitutional Forum;
Libertarian Presidential Candidate to Speak
UNC Asheville’s Students for Democracy and Peace and the Libertarian
Party-Buncombe will host a tri-partisan forum on "Is the Constitution
Relevant Today?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
March 30, in UNCA’s Owen Conference Center. Panelists include
Libertarian Michael Badnarik, Democrat Bruce Elmore and Republican Fern
Shubert. Party members will consider ways in which adherence to the
Constitution could resolve current social issues. The discussion will be
moderated by Nelda Holder, president of the League of Women Voters of
Asheville-Buncombe County. The event is free and open to the public.
A native of Indiana, Badnarik is a candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential
nomination. He worked as a computer programmer and trainer for nearly 25
years, including projects for the Zion Nuclear Plant, the Stealth Bomber
simulator and Evolutionary Technologies. He now is a computer consultant.
Badnarik has been an active volunteer with the American Red Cross and Boy
Scouts of America.
Elmore is a Buncombe County native and a practicing attorney. He
specializes in medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, personal
injury, wrongful death, product liability and federal and state criminal
matters. Elmore’s pro bono work includes clients charged with violating
Asheville’s panhandling ordinance, WNC Peace Coalition and individuals
charged violating city ordinances while protesting the Iraq invasion.
Shubert is a Republican Party candidate for North Carolina governor.
She has served in the N.C. House of Representatives since 1994, where she
acted as co-chair of the Education Issues Study Committee and co-chair of
the Education Committee. Shubert, a North Carolina native, is current
director of the N.C. Division of the National Right to Read Foundation.
For more information, call 828/258-0703.
- Bunny Halton-Subkis, UNCA Student Activities Assistant Director,
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director,