Dem. Government Candidates Promise Investment, Environmental Cleanup, Broadband in Southwest Virginia Debate
Voting has already started for the Democratic primary on June 8, and the gubernatorial candidates are getting closer to the end of the campaign.
The five Democrats vying for governor were in southwest Virginia this week, appearing in a televised debate and promising the region broadband access and economic development. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said the region was too often overlooked and that he would put a new emphasis on it as governor. Senator Jennifer McClellan explained in detail how she would fund the clean-up of environmental damage caused by abandoned mines.
Former Governor Terry McAuliffe made the statement. “I promise you that by the end of the next four years, I will have broadband for every home here in Virginia.”
McAuliffe presents his program as big and daring, although the target on his back is also tall and daring. He has more supporters and more money than any of the other candidates, and he also has a disproportionate lead in the polls – well ahead of the other candidates.
Delegate Lee Carter attacked the former governor for being too close to business, and Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy repeatedly attacked McAuliffe as a politician of the past. “Terry McAuliffe will talk about getting big and bold, but when he had his chance he left most of the Virginians behind.”
As the other candidates attacked him, McAuliffe turned his attention to attacking Republicans as being anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-environment – an indication that he is already looking beyond the primary for the Republican. who will be selected by convention delegates this weekend.