By Buzz McClain
George Mason University
The candidates for Virginiaâ€™s lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson (R) and Ralph Northam (D), square off in a live debate Tuesday, September 24 at George Mason Universityâ€™sÂ Arlington CampusÂ in Founders Hall Auditorium.
Jackson and Northam will focus on â€œThe Fiscal Future of Virginia.â€ 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 Masonâ€™sÂ School of Public PolicyÂ and theÂ State and Local Government Leadership Center, with assistance by student volunteer organizationÂ Mason Votes.
WUSA-TV Virginia reporterÂ Peggy FoxÂ will moderate.
â€œThe office of lieutenant governor has been transformed in the modern era into a real political force,â€ says Mark Rozell, acting dean of the School of Public Policy. â€œOne 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.â€
â€œCombined with the federal decade-long sequester and deep projected cuts in federal defense spending, this debate should address fundamental questions about Northern Virginiaâ€™s future economy,â€ says Mason professor Frank Shafroth, director of the State and Local Government Leadership Center at Mason. â€œThe question is: Will the state play a constructive role or not?â€
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Reservations can be made at Eventbrite via this link