At the end of September, the group Virginia21 announced that they would be holding a debate between the candidates for the 10th district in the Virginia Senate. This event would be taking place at Virginia Commonwealth University on October 20th. Sounds like a good idea, right? After all, it would give voters a chance to learn about their choices. However, the problem is that they had only invited the Democratic and Republican candidates and had excluded two other candidates who would also be appearing on the November ballot.
As such, I contacted Virginia21 to inform them of this oversight. I was told that at that time they only planned to include the major party candidates, much like the corrupt Commission on Presidential Debates does or how one candidate was left out of all of the debates in both the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race and the 2014 Virginia US Senate election. After hearing this decision, I contacted a variety of folks, including one of the slighted candidates, as well as posting on a variety of Facebook groups in an attempt to right what I felt was an injustice.
About two weeks later, Virginia21 changed their Facebook event to announce that their debate would now be including all four of the candidates. As such, their event will be featuring: Marleen Durfee (Independent), Dan Gecker (Democrat), Carl Loser (Libertarian), and Glen Sturtevant (Republican). Therefore, I’m pleased to say if you live in the Richmond area, I strongly encourage you to attend this event. It starts at 6 PM on October 20th and is in the VCU Student Commons Theater (907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond VA). Although I’d like to see how it turns out, I have another political event going on in Harrisonburg that same evening and thus cannot attend.
Thanks to Virginia21 for doing the right thing by including everyone!