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Jan 222006
 

Could this be the year that the Democratic party can beat Virgil Goode in the Fifth Congressional District? He was elected to the seat twice as a Democrat before becoming an independent in 2000 and switching parties in 2002. Ever since, Democrats have been looking for a way to knock him off.

This year, two candidates are vying for the right to challenge Goode in the general election. Goode defeated Al Weed in 2004 by a 64 to 36 percent margin, but Weed says he has learned valuable lessons. Bern Ewert is the former city manager of Roanoke and county executive of Prince William County, and says his economic development skills and name recognition in Southside will help win voters. The two met for the first time in debate at a Democratic breakfast on January 21, 2006. The Charlottesville Podcasting Network is the exclusive media provider of this debate, which is provided as a public service.

(00:00 – 02:00) – introductions and ground rules from moderator Tim Heaphey
(02:01 – 07:30) – opening statement from Al Weed
(07:31 – 13:21) – opening statement from Bern Ewert
(13:21 – 17:28) – Moderator Question 1: Do you have specific plans to attract jobs to the region, especially in the Southside
(17:28 – 21:46) – MQ2: What would you do to reform lobbyists in Congress?
(21:46 – 25:41) – MQ3: Directed to Al Weed: How would Weed pay for a single-payer health care system?
(25:42 – 29:12) – MQ4: Directed to Bern Ewert: How would Ewert pay for his proposed teacher education plan, which cover the costs of teachers who sought a master’s degree in their field?
(29:13 – 34:24) – Audience Question 1: What would you do to reverse the trend towards dismantling of environmental regulations, and how would you promote environmental stewardship?
(34:24 – 38:48) – AQ2: Would you propose extricating our troops from Iraq, and what do you do as a Congressman?
(38:48 – 44:03) – AQ3: What will you do to spur development in the Southside, and how can you help Central Virginians assist their neighbors to the south? How will you get Southside voters to vote for you?
(44:03 – 48:00) – AQ4: What do you see as the role of government in addressing poverty and income disparity? How do you feel about raising the minimum wage and the “Living Wage” movement?
(48:00 – 51:45) – AQ5: What is your opinion on tax cuts for the wealthy, specifically estate tax cuts?
(51:45 – 54:48) – AQ6: How would you vote on the proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage?
(54:48 – 59:30) – AQ7: What lessons has Al Weed learned from his last campaign in 2004, and how can Virgil Goode’s popularity in the Southside be overcome?
(59:30 – 1:04:01) – AQ8: What should the Democratic party stand for? How would the candidate try to attract Republican voters?
(1:04:01 – 1:07:11) – AQ9: How much money will you need to raise in order to be competitive in the general election?
(1:07:11 – 1:07:40) – AQ10: Will you support the nominee if you are defeated?
(1:07:40 – 1:11:48) – Each candidate asks the other a quick question. Ewert asks Weed what he will do to increase jobs over the next five years, and Weed asks Ewert how he will pay attention to rural areas given that most of his work experience is in urban management.
(1:11:48 – 1:16:13) – Members of the audience stand up to ask questions. The first one concerns civil rights as it appeals the prison population.
(1:16:13 – 1:19:24) – Question for Ewert to clarify his stance on the proposed pull-out of troops from Iraq.
(1:19:24 – 1:22:03) – How will you prepare for a tough fight against a Republican incumbent?
(1:22:03 – 1:25:09) – A follow-up question on the incarceration question, would you vote to restore voting rights for felons who have served their time?
(1:25:09 – 1:28:04) – What should Congress do to investigate the N.S.A. wiretapping project?
(1:28:04 – 1:29:34) – Bern Ewert’s closing statement
(1:29:35 – 1:32:00) – Al Weed’s closing statement

This program has been edited for time and continuity. Three questions from the event were edited due to technical error.

Aug 112021
 

Jennifer Kitchen (left), Sara Ratcliffe, and Bob Beard

State legislature Democratic Challengers Jennifer Kitchen (D-25th) and Sara Ratcliffe (D-58th) spoke at the monthly meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. Incumbents Chris Runion (R-25th) and Rob Bell (R-58th) declined to attend. Topics include: The under representation of Virginia’s rural areas and the importance of installing broadband internet connectivity across the commonwealth. Also, repealing the right to work law.

The candidates spoke at the Wednesday August 11, 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was introduced by SSV President Jeff Gould and moderated by SSV member and former news anchor for CBS19 Bob Beard.

Sep 092020
 

Allison Wrabel (top left), Bob Good (top right) and Cameron Webb

On September 9, 2020, the Senior Statesmen of Virginia held a Candidate Forum for the two candidates for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Participating in the forum were Democratic candidate Cameron Webb and Republican Candidate Bob Good.

Our podcast begins with Jeff Gould, president of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.

00:00 - Introduction from Jeff Gould
01:30 - Moderator Allison Wrabel introduces the candidates
04:45 - Democratic Candidate Cameron Webb
18:30 - Republican Candidate Bob Good
30:30 - Webb is given change to rebut Good's concluding statement
32:00 - Question #1 - The 5th District encompasses different kinds of area from rural to small cities. There can be a difference in ideology among those constituents. If elected, how in any specific way would you bridge that gap?
37:00 - Question #2 - What will both of you do if elected to address environmental conditions and climate change?
43:00 - Question #3 - Which specific actions are you going to take to get broadband to the 5th District
48:30 - Question #4 - Can you each discuss your views on health care?
55:40 - Closing statement from Good
59:00 - Closing statement from Webb

The candidates spoke at the Wednesday September 9, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by Daily Progress journalist Allison Wrabel.

May 132020
 

Mike Signer speaking to Senior Statesmen of Virginia members via Zoom.

The deadly invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia, by white nationalist militias in August 2017 is a microcosm of the challenges facing American democracy. No one is better placed to tell the story of what really happened, and to draw out its larger significance, than Michael Signer, then Charlottesville’s mayor. His new book, Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege, is a vivid, first-person chronicle of the terror and mayhem of the August 2017 Unite the Right event that reveals how issues of extremism are affecting not just one city but the nation itself.

Mr. Signer sets the events on the ground-the lead-up to August’s “Unite the Right” rally, the days of the weekend itself, the aftermath-into the larger context of a country struggling to find its way through the Trump era.

Mike confronts some of the most pressing questions of our moment. How do we:

  • Reconcile free speech with the need for public order?
  • Maintain the values of pragmatism, compromise, even simple civility, in a time of intensification of extremes on the right and the left?
  • Address systemic racism through our public spaces and memorials?
  • Do something about the widespread disaffection with institutions and a democracy that seems to be faltering and turning on itself?

The siege of Charlottesville shows how easily our communities can be taken hostage by forces intent on destroying democratic norms and institutions. But Mike concludes with a stirring call for optimism, pointing out, with evidence drawn from Charlottesville and work it has spurred since, that even this tragedy contains an opportunity to bolster democracy from within and defend our very ability to govern.

Mike Signer served as the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, from 2016-2018 during the Unite the Right rally of 2017. The Washington Post wrote that he was “one of Trump’s strongest critics.” Afterward, he founded and chaired Communities Overcoming Extremism: the After Charlottesville Project, a bipartisan coalition including the Anti-Defamation League, the Ford Foundation, the Charles Koch Institute, the Fetzer Institute, and New America. National Public Radio featured Mike’s work “sharing painful lessons from the fight against hate.”

Mike is VP and general counsel of the country’s largest independent digital design agency, where he sits on the firm’s executive committee. He has also taught for the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is the author of three books: Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy under Siege (PublicAffairs, 2020), Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father (PublicAffairs, 2015), and Demagogue: the Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Time, and has been interviewed on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, The Rachel Maddow Show, AC360, and NPR.

He is a recipient of the Levenson Family Defender of Democracy Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Courage in Political Leadership Award from the American Society for Yad Vashem, and the Rob DeBree & David O’Malley Award for Community Response to Hatred from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Forward Magazine has named him one of 50 most influential Jewish leaders in America. He is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and the Guardian.

He lives with his wife and their twin five year old boys in Charlottesville. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, cooking, gardening, and being a jungle gym for his boys.

Mr. Signer spoke at the Wednesday May 13, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Board Member Peyton Williams.

Oct 202019
 

Elliott Harding

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Elliott Harding about his run for the Virginia State Senate.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Oct 132019
 

Creigh Deeds

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic incumbent candidate Creigh Deeds about his run for the Virginia State Senate.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Oct 072019
 

Ann Mallek

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Ann Mallek about her run for Albemarle County Supervisor.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Oct 062019
 

Amy Laufer

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Amy Laufer about her run for Virginia State Senate.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Sep 292019
 

Jennifer Kitchen

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Jennifer Kitchen about her run for Virginia’s 25th District.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Sep 222019
 

Elizabeth Alcorn

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Elizabeth Alcorn about her run for Virginia’s 58th District.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Sep 152019
 

Bellamy Brown

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Bellamy Brown about his run for Charlottesville City Council.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.

Sep 082019
 

Lloyd Snook

Hosts Jeff Lenert and Bob McAdams talk with Democratic candidate Lloyd Snook about his run for Charlottesville City Council.

A 94.7 WPVC special presentation.