ChamberRVA will host a live Richmond Mayoral Candidate Debate on Monday, which will be televised by NBC12 and WCVE.
The event is presented by Altria in partnership with NBC12 and WCVE. The debate is free and open to the public and will be held at Altria Theater.
The debate will be broadcast live on NBC12, WCVE FM radio and WCVW-57 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and streamed live on NBC12.com the NBC12 News and Weather apps and on the NBC12 News Facebook page. WCVE-23 and WHTJ-41 will also rebroadcast the debate at 10 p.m.
NBC12 News anchors Curt Autry and Diane Walker will serve as moderators along with WCVE News Director Craig Carper.
The debate will feature the five candidates who achieved greater than 1% overall response rate according to the August 30, 2016 Christopher Newport/Wason Center poll. Those candidates in alphabetical order are Jon Baliles, Jack Berry, Joe Morrissey, Michelle Mosby and Levar Stoney. All five candidates have confirmed their availability to participate in the debate.
"This election is occurring at a pivotal point in the revitalization of the City of Richmond. The winner of this election is of critical importance to not only citizens of the city but to all in the Richmond region," says Ned Massee, Chair of ChamberRVA and Founder of Croatan Advisors. "We are pleased to provide this opportunity for everyone to learn more about the positions of each candidate on issues impacting the business community."
Persons planning to attend the debate should plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. Doors to the auditorium will close at 6:45 p.m. Opening remarks will occur at 6:45 p.m. prior to the live telecast starting at 7 p.m. The debate will continue until 8:30 p.m. after the live telecast ends at 8 p.m. with an opportunity for questions of the candidates from the audience.
ChamberRVA is also hosting at its office the following forums to showcase Richmond City Council candidates as well as a Richmond Public School Board Candidate Reception. All forums and the reception are free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to attend. The first City Council forum featuring candidates from the 2nd and 4th districts occurred last week on September 21, 2016. The following addition forums and reception are scheduled:
- October 12, 2016 City Council Forum, Districts 3, 6 and 7
- October 18, 2016 City Council Forum, Districts 1 and 9
- October 24, 2016 School Board Candidate Reception
- October 26, 2016 City Council Forum, District 5
"The new Mayor, our City Council and the School Board will set the trajectory for our city and our region, so we all need to know as much about the candidates as possible," says Kim Scheeler, President & CEO of ChamberRVA. “This is a chance for everyone to hear what the candidates say about important issues."
Additional sponsors for the debate include Capital One, Dominion, First Tennessee Bank and Hourigan Construction.