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Watch The VBA's July 22 Gubernatorial Debate Live Online

Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The first gubernatorial debate of the 2017 campaign season can be viewed live online via The Virginia Bar Association/”PBS NewsHour” stream. Find it at, on the “PBS NewsHour” YouTube channel and also on the “PBS NewsHour” Facebook page, at

This is the ninth consecutive gubernatorial candidate debate the VBA has presented. The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22.


The 90-minute event will feature Democrat Ralph S. Northam, lieutenant governor of Virginia and a pediatric neurologist and Virginia Military Institute graduate, and Republican Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican National Committee.


Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour,” will moderate.

The format consists of opening and closing statements, candidate-to-candidate questions and moderator questions.


The live stream is made possible by the VBA, “PBS NewsHour,” and sponsoring law firms Reed Smith LLP and Sands Anderson PC.

Watch the July 22 debate online

Witness the event in person

Open to the public at no charge, the debate will take place at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, as part of The Virginia Bar Association’s Summer Meeting. Registration is required for anyone attending in person.

Access to the debate hall is restricted to registrants with a valid, VBA-provided badge. The public may sign up online at until noon Wednesday, July 19, and in-person while the VBA meeting registration desk is open at the Homestead this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in the Garden Room of the hotel. Online registrants should pick up a badge at this location between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday.

Doors to the debate hall in the Grand Ballroom open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Why the VBA presents debates

Public debates help fulfill The Virginia Bar Association’s commitment to serve all Virginians as well as the legal profession. By sponsoring debates, the VBA seeks to educate the public and its members about candidate views on issues and to stimulate voter interest and participation in the election process.

About the VBA

The Virginia Bar Association is a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse, support or oppose political candidates. It is the intention of the VBA that its debates in no way promote or advance one candidate over others. In selecting candidates to appear on stage, the VBA follows its debate policy.

The VBA is the first and largest voluntary statewide organization of lawyers and judges. As the independent voice of the Virginia lawyer, its mission is to advance the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service. For more, please see

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