IN THIS troubling election season, there are still some signs of hope that candidates can debate civilly and provide voters with a clear choice on Nov. 8.
That’s certainly true in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District race. Incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Wittman of Montross faces Democrat Matt Rowe of Bowling Green, where he serves on the Town Council. Independent, perennial candidate Gail Parker of Alexandria (outside the 1st District) is also on the ballot to again crusade for expansion of passenger rail service. The three took part in a lively forum at the University of Mary Washington earlier this week where they debated views on climate change, gun rights and the Affordable Care Act, among other issues.
The match-up between the amiable and energetic Wittman and Rowe is an interesting one, given the dynamics of tumultuous Trump–Clinton contest and Wittman’s announced intention to run for governor of Virginia next year.