RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - The democratic candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia has accepted invitations to several debates in the Commonwealth.
State Sen. Ralph Northam has agreed to participate in the following debates:
AARP – Virginia Tech Debate in Blacksburg
Richmond First Club Debate in Richmond
George Mason University Debate in Arlington
Northam has challenged Republican candidate E.W. Jackson to join in the series.
"I look forward to debating the issues that matter most to Virginia families and I hope that my opponent will join me in these public forums," Northam said. "These debates offer voters an opportunity for voters to learn about the stark differences between the candidates and will allow me to share my vision for moving Virginia forward."
Chris Merola with Jackson's office said while Northam accepted the debates, he hasn't settled on any dates. Merola said the debate for GMU was already accepted by Jackson for Oct. 21, but Northam declined that date and instead wanted Oct. 9. According to Merola, Jackson accepted Oct. 9, but Northam later changed his mind.
"I find his debate challenge amusing since it is him that has not been able to settle on dates," Jackson said in a press release. "Maybe it's just a clerical error. My opponent's behavior here is exactly the kind of political game playing that voters are tired of. I look forward to every opportunity to speak with Virginian voters about creating a better environment for businesses, more opportunities in education, and about how we can best let liberty light the way for Virginia."
Further information about the debates and the dates they are scheduled was not immediately available.
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