Hurricane Florence forced politicians and others to cancel political events this past week.

The politicians and event organizers are working out when, and if, they can reschedule.

Even before the storm arrived, a fundraiser for state Rep. Billy Richardson, featuring Gov. Roy Cooper, was put off because Cooper was busy with weather preparations. A new date has not been set, Richardson said. Richardson, a Democrat in House District 44, faces Republican Linda Devore.

Devore, too, had fundraiser events scheduled  last week — one for Thursday with Rep. John Szoka and one for Friday with former Rep. Carolyn Justice of Pender County. New dates have not  been scheduled.

A local candidates forum that had been schedule for Sunday has been rescheduled for Oct. 2. It’s being presented by the Fayetteville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Republican Clerk of Court candidate Cindy Blackwell’s campaign kickoff party, originally set for this past Thursday, was reset for Oct. 2, and  a steak dinner fundraiser that Republican sheriff candidate Charlie Baxley planned for Saturday was postponed to Oct. 20.

The political calendar had other events rained out by Florence. It remains to be seen if they will be rescheduled.

Meetings & events

• Moore County Republican Men’s Club: 11:30 a.m. Friday (postponed from Monday), Country Club of North Carolina, 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst. Guest: Conservative activist Cleta Mitchell. Lunch is $20, reservations required. Prior reservations made when it was set for Monday have been canceled. Call 910-949-4250 to RSVP.

• Meet & Greet with Sheriff Ennis Wright: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Wade Community Park, 4060 Church St., Wade.

• Candidates’ forum: 3 p.m. Sept. 30, VFW Post 6018, 216 Chance St., Fayetteville. Participants to include candidates for Clerk of Superior Court, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners and Cumberland County Sheriff. Presented by the Fayetteville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

• Campaign kickoff party for clerk of Superior Court candidate Cindy Blackwell: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Ramada Plaza Fayetteville, Wellington Banquet Room, 1707-A Owen Drive.

• Candidates’ forum: 3 p.m. Oct. 7, , 2018, Cumberland County Public Library Headquarters, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville. Participants invited include candidates for state Senate and state House of Representatives. Presented by the The Fayetteville HKonJ Local People’s Assembly.

• Fundraiser for sheriff candidate Charlie Baxley: 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Stedman Community Development Club, 335 First St, Stedman. Ribeye steak meal, $40 per adult.

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