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Cockburn, Riggleman Address Issues of Racism in Charlottesville

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Congressional candidates discussed issues of racism and history in Charlottesville. Congressional candidates discussed issues of racism and history in Charlottesville.
They also discussed the ongoing dress code issues in Albemarle County. They also discussed the ongoing dress code issues in Albemarle County.
Democrat Leslie Cockburn. Democrat Leslie Cockburn.
Republican Denver Riggleman. Republican Denver Riggleman.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

On Sunday, 5th District Congressional candidates Leslie Cockburn (D) and Denver Riggleman (R) addressed issues about history and racism while making their final pushes ahead of Election Day on Tuesday.

The candidates spoke with NBC29 about the monuments in Charlottesville and the ongoing public school dress code issues in the area.

One Albemarle County parent said their child was traumatized by seeing a Confederate flag on someone’s clothing at school. Now, the school board has been trying to address racism issues.

Another hot topic has been the statues in Charlottesville public park spaces. Riggleman and Cockburn explained their stance on these issues.

“We shouldn’t get rid of history, we should add context to history,” Riggleman said. “It’s something that is Virginia, is our history, and our monuments but we also need to realize that we need to add context and what that actually means.”

Riggleman says adding context to monuments is something that should be relatively easy to do in the commonwealth.

Cockburn believes the issue is one that needs to be taken care of by the city rather than the General Assembly.

“That’s a Charlottesville issue,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of strong people in leadership positions in Charlottesville and I defer to them on all this. I’m very excited by the leadership in Charlottesville and I have no problem following their lead on that.”

Cockburn said she is proud that her campaign has been racially inclusive.

Both candidates were campaigning in full force this weekend and will continue to do so up until Election Day.