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Candidates’ debate scheduled for Oct. 19

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

Four candidates have agreed to participate in the Mineral Industrial Development Corporation’s candidates’ debate next week at the Louisa County Library.

Both candidates in the Louisa County Board of Supervisors Green Springs district race, incumbent Richard Havasy and challenger Bob Babyok, will participate, as will Duane Adams, who is challenging incumbent Stephanie Koren in the Mineral district supervisors race.

Koren declined the invitation citing her commitments on the board of supervisors and other campaign-related activities.

“The day of that debate I have three events on my calendar and do not feel the needs of campaigning are more important than my commitments as a supervisor,” Koren said in an email to The Central Virginian.

In addition, Democrat Melissa Dart, running for the 56th District House of Delegates seat, will participate. Her challenger, Republican John McGuire, has not responded to several inquiries of debate organizers.

“We believe that it is important to facilitate an event that will provide citizens insight on the various positions of candidates who are seeking to represent Louisa County residents,” Roy Lee Payne, secretary of the organization, said in a letter to candidates.

The debate will be moderated by Deana Meredith, editor of The Central Virginian, and will address topics including broadband internet, finances, public education and the future direction of the county or state.

Members of the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.