Debate set in 6th District

Bob Goodlatte
Kai Degner

A candidates’ debate has been scheduled in the 6th Congressional District, and one of the candidates is hoping for more.

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, and Harrisonburg city council member Kai Degner, a Democrat, are scheduled to meet at noon Oct. 17 in the auditorium of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, their first and only encounter scheduled so far in the campaign.

Degner has offered 17 dates for potential debates in the hopes of squeezing in several more before the Nov. 8 election.

Julie Schofield, Degner’s campaign manager, said the campaign has also received and accepted an invitation from the Augusta Free Press and the Historic Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro for a second debate but did not know if Goodlatte had accepted.

“We would love to receive invitations for two or three more debates,” Schofield said.

Crystal Graham, vice-president of the Augusta Free Press LLC confirmed her company, in conjunction with WVPT television in Harrisonburg and the theater, had sent an invitation to Goodlatte and Degner but had not received a reply from Goodlatte.

Dan Webb, Goodlatte’s campaign manager, confirmed in an email message that Goodlatte will be at the Lynchburg debate, but did not reply to a written question about the Waynesboro debate invitation.

Degner appeared Tuesday at the candidates’ forum in Front Royal, but Goodlatte did not.

“Unfortunately, Bob won’t be able to attend the forum tonight in Warren County,” Webb wrote Tuesday. “He has a previously scheduled conflict.”

Schofield said the format and other details of the debate in Lynchburg have not been settled and remain under negotiation.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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