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Lieutenant Governor Candidates Taking Part in Forum at PVCC

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Justin Fairfax and Jill Vogel taking part in an event at Piedmont Virginia Community College Justin Fairfax and Jill Vogel taking part in an event at Piedmont Virginia Community College
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The candidates vying to be Virginia’s next lieutenant governor are taking part in a forum at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Republican Jill Vogel and Democrat Justin Fairfax discussed topics ranging from the commonwealth’s economy to healthcare and Medicaid expansion.

Vogel and Fairfax both agreed on the importance of adding jobs and supporting small business.

The candidates also spoke about the upcoming Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park on Saturday, August 12.

The rally is said to be in support of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which sits in the park. Earlier this year, the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 to remove the statue. The council later unanimously approved changing the park’s name from Lee Park to Emancipation Park.

Vogel said that history cannot be rewritten, and that it is important to protect monuments so that future generations can adequately learn Virginia's history.

“It would be, in my mind, absolutely ill-advised to take a penny of tax dollars to go around and take down monuments when we should be directing those tax dollars to more historic preservation,” she said.

Fairfax calls the Confederate statue hurtful and divisive, and says that history can be told without these monuments front and center in the public's eye.

“I’m someone who wouldn’t mandate, tell localities what they should and should not do with these particular monuments. In my personal opinion, I don’t believe they belong in the public square,” he said.

Vogel and Fairfax also stand on opposite sides of natural gas pipelines in the state.

“I believe that it’s our obligation to allow for renewable energy in the commonwealth of Virginia, and one way you do that is by having clean burning natural gas,” Vogel said.

“Based on the information that I have seen, I don’t know that the case has been made for those pipelines,” said Fairfax.

The Senior Statesman of Virginia Lt. Governors Forum is scheduled to go from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 9.

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