|RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued the following statement on Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Justin Fairfax’s decisive win over Jill Vogel in tonight’s debate at the University of Richmond Law School:
“We could not be more proud of Justin Fairfax, who tonight laid out a positive vision that builds on the work of Governor McAuliffe to grow an economy in which everyone can rise. Justin supports raising the minimum wage, training people for higher-paying jobs, and getting 400,000 people access to affordable health care through Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, Jill Vogel made a demeaning and condescending attack on Justin’s intelligence and said people who make the minimum wage don’t want a raise. She also said that she wasn’t running for Lieutenant Governor to take anyone’s rights away, even though she has sought to limit women’s reproductive freedom by forcing them to undergo invasive transvaginal ultrasounds. Virginians’ choice is clear, as Justin Fairfax will fight for all Virginians. We congratulate him on this decisive win and look forward to electing him as our next Lieutenant Governor on November 7th.”
The debate, which was hosted by the law school in partnership with the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, can be viewed in its entirety on Justin Fairfax’s campaign Facebook page
. Vogel said she thought Fairfax was “not informed enough” “to talk intelligently” about issues around the 43:00 minute mark.