Lieutenant Governor Candidates to Debate at Mason

Posted: August 23, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: August 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

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By Buzz McClain

The candidates for Virginia’s lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson (R) and Ralph Northam (D), square off in a live debate Tuesday, Sept. 24, at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus in Founders Hall Auditorium.

Jackson and Northam will focus on “The Fiscal Future of Virginia.” This is the first debate between the candidates and will be the only one held in Northern Virginia.

The 90-minute debate begins at 7 p.m. and is hosted by George Mason’s School of Public Policy and the State and Local Government Leadership Center in the Department of Public and International Affairs, with assistance by student volunteer organization Mason Votes. WUSA-TV Virginia reporter Peggy Fox will moderate.

“The office of lieutenant governor has been transformed in the modern era into a real political force,” says Mark Rozell, acting dean of the School of Public Policy. “One of these candidates ends up a heartbeat away [from the governorship], and the office is a possible stepping-stone to running for governor later. People need to pay attention.”

“Combined with the federal decade-long sequester and deep projected cuts in federal defense spending, this debate should address fundamental questions about Northern Virginia’s future economy,” says Mason professor Frank Shafroth, director of the State and Local Government Leadership Center at Mason. “The question is: Will the state play a constructive role or not?”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Reservations can be made at Eventbrite via this link.

Write to Buzz McClain at bmcclai2@gmu.edu

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