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Debatable whether we should care or not

Good news for Democrats in the Valley who like to drive – you’ll have eight chances to get in the car for a couple of hours there and a couple of hours back to see Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran together in person.
“We are pleased to announce this debate and joint appearance schedule in the run-up to the June 9th primary to pick our next Democratic Governor of Virginia. Our campaigns worked together to schedule as many joint appearances and debates as possible all across the Commonwealth. Our candidates – Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, and Brian Moran – look forward to having several spirited debates on the important issues facing Virginians,” read a joint statement issued by Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey, McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry, and Moran general consultant Steve Jarding on the announcement of five debates and three joint appearances.

None are within reasonable distance of the Valley. The debates are set for April 19 in Williamsburg, April 23 in Hampton at the Virginia Education Association Convention, April 28 in Danville sponsored by the Sorensen Institute and the Danville Register and Bee, April 29 in Blacksburg sponsored by the Huffington Post, Not Larry Sabato, Fire Dog Lake and the Collegiate Times, and May 19 in Annandale sponsored by the Washington Post.

The three joint appearances are set for April 3 in Reston at the Northern Virginia Technology Council/Microsoft Forum, April 21 at the Richmond Crusade for Voters Forum and a date to be determined at the Democratic Club of Greensprings Forum.

An effort had been ongoing for several weeks led by the Democratic committees in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with the support of the Democratic committees in several Valley localities, including Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, to get a joint appearance for the three in Harrisonburg on the schedule.

As it stands, it would appear that a drive to Richmond would be the closest thing for local Democrats to the real thing.


Story by Chris Graham