Senate Debate set for Virginia candidates

Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R) and Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) will participate in a 75-minute debate on October 5, hosted by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

The debate will be held at the Ferguson Center Music and Theatre Hall on the university’s campus.

“All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for election, but the real contest is over control of the Senate,” says Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center and moderator for the debate.

With less than a month to November 3, the Senate election will be gaining momentum with this upcoming debate. Newport News reports that both candidates will “debate which party should control of the Virginia Senate.”

The elected Senate candidate will determine how much Governor Terry McAuliffe can accomplish during his remaining term. The Christopher Newport University reported that “a panel of opinion writers from around the state will pose questions during the debate.”

The debate will be aired at 6 p.m. and open to the public. Admission is free but a ticket is required. Tickets may be reserved at

Dr. Kidd can be reached at for more information about upcoming debate.

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