Degner Wants Debates in the 26th

Lindsay -- May 7th, 2010

In a release sent out by the Degner campaign, “Mayor Degner would like to invite his three opponents, Dave Briggman, Carolyn Frank and Tony Wilt to a series of public debates held every week starting as early as late next week. This would mean a series of five debates.”

According to the DNR, both Wilt and Frank are willing to participate in debates, but have questioned the feasibility of having five debates between now and the June 15th special election.

Briggman announced on his blog that he also intends to enter the race.  He has until Friday, May 14th to officially file as a candidate.

Debate topics, as proposed in Degner’s invitation, could include:  “…issues ranging from education, public safety, transportation and economic development.”

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11 Responses to “Degner Wants Debates in the 26th”

  1. Is Dave an opponent yet?

    • JGFitzgerald says:

      Briggman announced on his blog that he also intends to enter the race. At least that’s what I heard.

  2. I can’t think of anything better than to have five debates…my concern about entering the race comes from today’s “First Friday” of the local GOP where there was concerned about Kai handing out loads of absentee ballots…

    Of course, had McDonnell not rushed the election date and made it AFTER July 1, local voter registrars could have cross-referenced their voter registration lists with DMV records to minimize the participation of college students in elections in jurisdictions where they aren’t paying property taxes.

    Oh, that was my idea, wasn’t it.

  3. Eso says:


    You running as an Independant or third party?

  4. Gene Hart says:

    It would seem to me that, in a compressed timeframe for the election, an increased number of debates would be the best way for all candidates to get their views out to the most people. There simply isn’t enough time to go door-to-door all across the district. C’mon, lady and gentlemen, let’s engage each other and the voters.

  5. Under Virginia law all candidates who aren’t Democrats or Republicans must run as independents…just like only Republicans or Democrats are the only ones who make up local electoral boards.

    I’m stuck as an “i”.

  6. Gene is correct, I’m perfectly OK with five debates…though I’d be out of town for any debate next week — should I decide to run…though my timeframe to make a decision is diminishing.

  7. BANDIT says:

    Oh, Briggman isn’t going to run for office. C’mon…jcheeeez!

  8. Christine says:


    I thought you’d be interested in these links about the Valley Family Forum’s recent speaker David Barton, the former history teacher (who has no degrees in history – he has a religion degree from Oral Roberts University) and who has had such influence on the Texas textbooks nightmare:

    Sects, Lies, and Videotape: David Barton’s Distorted History

    David Barton’s “quotes” from favorite historians:

    “The Destructive Sin of Homosexuality”, with quotes from Barton’s book Homosexuals and the Military: An Historical Perspective

    Barton’s proposed revisions to Texas textbooks:

    Interview transcript with Barton:

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