Democratic Candidates Speak Out Before Primary Election

By: Ed Drantch Email
By: Ed Drantch Email

As polling places open, and the race for the Democratic nomination for governor heats up, polls have each of the three candidates in a virtual dead heat for the elected position.

Each Democratic candidate has his talking points and each knows exactly what he's going to say and how to say it. Perhaps the most scripted answers concern public policy changes.

After polls close Tuesday night, one candidate will have to script a well thought out campaign, touting more than just preliminary plans and preparing to take on Republican Bob McDonnell.

After months of persuasive campaigning, attending rallies, waving signs, and talking until they're "blue" in the face, the showdown ends Tuesday with a Democratic party nomination. Two candidates will concede and one will celebrate.

In Charlottesville, Terry McAuliffe made a campaign stop, under tight security, to sign copies of his book "What A Party!"

The former DNC Chairman and Chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign touts his national experience, but says he knows it's jobs and the economy that Valley residents are concerned about.

McAuliffe says, "We should be converting to all agricultural waste. I talk about chicken waste a lot. We could convert that 100 percent into energy. The farmers would make more money."

Walking the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Del. Brian Moran spoke with his constituents to pick up, as he says, one vote at a time.

Moran is interested in enrolling all children in health care and fighting for the underdog, including those in the Valley, who has been hurt by the recession.

Moran says, "I come from a family of seven kids that our father, when he lost his job, the family station wagon was towed from the driveway. So I know what families are going through right now, and that's why I'm going to work as hard as I can to bring economic development to Page County and the Shenandoah Valley."

Closer to home, Sen. Creigh Deeds from Bath County has been endorsed by "The Washington Post." He was at the Harrisonburg Farmers' Market, shaking hands, trying to get his word out there, trying to keep the traditionally red Valley blue.

Deeds says, "I'm not running for dictator, I'm running for governor, a governor takes disparate groups of people and builds consensus, and that's what I will do."

Many polls have all three candidates neck-and-neck, but, according to SurveyUSA, likely voters say they were more apt to vote for McAuliffe than they were the other two. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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