Press Release
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October 17, 2019
Contact: Robert Tracci

League of Women Voters Forum

Dear Friends,

Citing concerns about public safety, the tactics of my opponent's Charlottesville supporters, and my opponent's decision to skip a candidate forum in Albemarle County earlier this week, I sent a letter to my opponent yesterday requesting that he agree to a debate before Albemarle County voters at a forum associated with the law enforcement community. The Fraternal Order of Police has made Thomson-Hall Lodge 5 available for such a meeting nearly every day until election day, and I fully expect my opponent to make time for such a meeting before election day on November 5.

In my letter, I pointed to e-mails and postings from my opponent's Charlottesville-based activist supporters suggesting an intention to disrupt today's debate, concluding "[w]hile these tactics are widespread in the City of Charlottesville they have no place in the County of Albemarle or at Albemarle County candidate forums." This view is shared by most in our community, including supporters from both major political parties.

Today, I received clear confirmation from the debate host that disruption will not be tolerated, and additional clarification of debate terms.

As a result, I WILL BE ATTENDING the League of Women Voter's candidate forum today at the Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building (Second Floor), located at 401 E. McIntire Rd, and urge you to join me at 6:30 PM to show your support.

I have broad, bipartisan support and continue to receive endorsements from community leaders who have served the community for decades. I have a strong record of service to our community. I represent all of Albemarle County, not just the loudest or angriest voices.

Let's make sure law enforcement remains nonpolitical -- please join me at 6:30 PM tonight, October 17, at Lane Auditorium to make sure your voices are heard.