Getting to "Meet the Candidates” at Tabb High School
By Katterina Babbitt

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On April 12th, Tabb High School hosted a "Meet the Candidates” event. Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, candidate for Governor of Virginia, and Justin Fairfax, candidate for Lt. Governor were the main speakers for the night. Before the main event took place at 6:30, there was a meet and greet from 5:30-6:30. This gave anyone in attendance the opportunity to talk to both Northam and Fairfax in a more informal manner.

Christopher Newport University professor, Rachel Bitecofer, acted as moderator for the "interview” style event with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam. The event had nine questions from the moderator, with one follow- up question from the audience relating to the original question. The questions spanned across the following topics: the Chesapeake Bay, education, civil rights, racial profiling/law enforcement, discrimination among the LGTBQ community, gun control, redistricting, women’s rights, and Medicaid.

Lt. Governor spoke intensely about each topic from a Democratic point of view, confirming his position on them and expressing how he would help with several concerns. He made his position on topics such as education, very clear: "I am against anything that takes money away from K-12 education.” The same passion followed into the question about gun control, stating that he was for bringing back 1 Gun a Month. "Assault weapons won’t be on our streets,” Lt. Governor Northam expressed. Northam repeated one quote throughout his speech: "When we can’t change people’s minds, we need to change their seats.”

Towards the end of the interview with Lt. Governor Northam, he stated, "We can’t go back, we need to move forward in Virginia.” Wrapping up the questions, Northam declared, "Let’s get it done in 2017,” referencing the upcoming election.

Justin Fairfax, a candidate for Lt. Government, spoke for the last thirty minutes. He reviewed his experience with the audience and told everyone his upbringing. The main theme of his platform was spiritual wealth. Audience members were then allowed to ask him questions as well, with topics around the travel ban to millennials to leadership in this country. When the travel ban was enacted, Fairfax was one of the lawyers who went to Dulles airport and helped ensure everyone was able to go home that night. Fairfax also talked about raising minimum wage and having more people become small business owners. "I want to make sure the American Dream is possible for absolutely every single one of us” Justin declared.

After the event, there was another chance to meet the candidates in the Tabb High School Commons Area.


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