Richmond, VA — With an unprecedented number of Democrats running for statewide office, the Democratic Party of Virginia has partnered with news organizations across Virginia to plan primary debates for statewide elections for the first time. DPVA will be organizing debates for all three statewide races, and the candidates for governor and attorney general have already committed to several debates ahead of June's primary elections.
The five candidates for governor - Jennifer Carroll Foy, Lee Carter, Justin Fairfax, Terry McAuliffe, and Jennifer McClellan - will participate in the following four debates:
- April 6, hosted by WTVR
- May 6, hosted by WCYB
- May 20, hosted by WRC-TV
- June 1, hosted by WVEC
The two candidates for attorney general - Jay Jones and Mark Herring - will participate in the following debates:
- April 24, hosted by WTVR
- May 5, hosted by WJLA
"Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth deserve to hear directly from the candidate in open debates about the most important issues we face. We're excited that candidates have committed to these debates and we're working hard to make sure they're broadcast to as many people as possible. DPVA is committed to making these events are both safe and accessible, and we look forward to announcing more details on future debates soon," said DPVA Chair Susan Swecker.