Virginia Democrats vying for a chance to become the state’s next governor sparred about racial justice, gun control, and pandemic recovery on the debate stage at Virginia State University on Tuesday evening.
The hour-long debate hosted six Democrat candidates including former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, Del. Lee Carter, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, all of whom used their first opportunity together to take political shots and try to set themselves apart from the “unusually large” number of left-leaning contenders to take over current Gov. Ralph Northam’s position.
McAuliffe took the early charge, often name-dropping Northam and promising to use his relationship with President Joe Biden to ensure he accomplishes the state’s goals. While the former governor used his experience to tout his record on issues such as fighting gun violence in the state with the “toughest domestic violence bill in the U.S.” supported by a “right-wing legislature,” McClellan was quick to