Chamber Hosts 2019 Candidate Forums

By Mary Virginia Spencer October 25, 2019

The Chamber of Commerce serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County hosted two Candidate Forums this year, providing an opportunity for citizens to hear from candidates across our three jurisdictions.

On October 23, the Lexington-Rockbridge Candidate Forum took place at the Hampton Inn Col Alto, including candidates running for the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors, House of Delegates and State Senate. The conversations and questions were plentiful, with topics including education, healthcare and the environment. There were many candidates present–those running for the Board of Supervisors Buffalo District were Leslie Ayers, Charles Kostelni, Mack Smith, Jonathan Tarris and Randy Trout. David McDaniel and Cathleen Archer were there to run for the Natural Bridge District candidate and South River District candidate, respectively. For the Delegate candidates, Ronnie Campbell, Eli Fishpaw and Christian Worth shared their plans, as well. Overall, the Lexington-Rockbridge Forum was incredibly successful and informative, and we thank each candidate for coming.

On October 24, the Buena Vista Candidate Forum took place, featuring City Council Candidates Steve Baldridge, Lisa Clark, Stanley Coffey and Cheryl Hickman, Glasgow Town Council Candidate Jade Harris, Delegate Candidates Ronnie Campbell, Christian Worth and Eli Fishpaw, Senate Discrict 25 Candidate Creigh Deeds and Commonwealth’s Attorney Candidates Josh Elrod and Daniel Mowry. The Forum was informative to all with respect to several different topics, but the central theme of the evening was clear–citizens’ involvement. Everyone seemed to agree on the issue of lack of citizen engagement, and urged for more input and involvement from citizens. The point was made that officials can only make so many changes without help from engaged citizens. Overall, this was another successful Candidate Forum, and we are grateful to all candidates for presenting their plans and ideas.