For The Record

Before Virginians went to the polls last fall, they had a chance to get to know some of their candidates thanks to two debates at the University of Richmond. University President Ronald Crutcher led conversations with gubernatorial candidates Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie as part of the Sharp Viewpoint Series. And Justin Fairfax and Jill Holtzman Vogel, candidates for lieutenant governor of Virginia, participated in a debate at Richmond Law sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Vogel and Fairfax faced off on such topics as universal background checks, minimum wage, transportation, women’s health care, sexual assault, and the environment.

On the economy, Vogel, a Republican, said, “Virginia is at a crossroads. We used to be the No. 1 best place to start a family, best tax bracket. We are not anymore.” Fairfax, a Democrat, argued that a higher minimum wage would bring more economic mobility.

“What we know is that in an economy that is driven by consumer spending and consumer demand, is that when people have more money in their pockets to spend, that helps economic growth overall.”

Bill Fitzgerald, evening anchor at television station WTVR, served as moderator. Longtime Virginia political analyst Bob Holsworth assisted.

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