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September 26, 2013

Candidates Jackson and Northam Face Off Oct. 2 at ODU

Virginia's lieutenant governor candidates will debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Old Dominion. Limited public seating is available. Admission is by reserved tickets only. No fee is involved.

The event features Republican E.W. Jackson and Democrat Ralph S. Northam. They will meet in the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket reservations began yesterday at the Information Desk in Webb Center.

"Since our first lieutenant governor debate in 2001, this will be the fourth time that candidates seeking Virginia's No. 2 political job have appeared in a debate organized by a committee of the Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association," said Travis G. Hill, chair of the Young Lawyers Division. The VBA Young Lawyers Division is presenting this debate, the season's second, with the Student Government Association at ODU.

The VBA's tradition of organizing debates extends back more than 25 years. By presenting debates, the VBA seeks to educate its members and the public about candidate views and to stimulate voter interest and participation in elections. "With Election Day just a month from our debate, and only a couple dual-candidate appearances scheduled, we see this as vital to the election process," Hill said.

Moderating the event will be Julian Walker, state government reporter for The Virginian-Pilot. Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University, will pose questions to the candidates.

A meet-the-candidates reception will follow the event in the atrium of the arts center.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 2. Free parking will be available in the garage at 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue.