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Virginia's 21st congressional district

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Virginia Congressional District 21 is an obsolete congressional district. It was eliminated in 1843 after the 1840 U.S. Census. Its last Congressman was Lewis Steenrod.

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>> STAY TUNED FOR A LIVE DEBATE BETWEEN THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM AND FORMER CONGRESSMAN TOM PERRLLO. IT'S NEXT RIGHT HERE ON YOUR PUBLIC MEDIA STATION. Captioning Provided By: Caption Associates, LLC www.captionassociates.com >> THIS IS THE DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE SPONSORED BY THE GREATER HAMPTON ROADS DEMOCRATS. JOIN OUR LIVE CONVERSATION. NOW, HERE IS TONIGHT'S MODERATOR, CATHY LEWIS. >> GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO THIS LIVE DEBATE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A TERRIFIC EVENING TONIGHT. WE ARE COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM THE STUDIOS OF WHRO-TV IN NORFOLK. WE ARE BROADCASTING STATEWIDE ACROSS VIRGINIA'S PUBLIC MEDIA STATIONS AND STREAMING ON LINE. VIRGINIANS GO TO THE POLLS JUNE 13TH TO CHOOSE THE MAJOR PARTY'S STATEWIDE CANDIDATES WHO WILL FACE EACH OTHER THIS COMING NOVEMBER. BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS TO PICK THEIR CANDIDATES. AND FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WE'LL MEET THE TWO MEN TRYING TO BECOME THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES. BUT FIRST, LET ME THANK THE SPONSORS, THE DEMOCRATIC BUSINESS ALLIANCE OF SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS AND THE GREATER HAMPTON ROADS BLACK DEMOCRATS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP WITH TONIGHT'S BROADCAST. WE DO HAVE A STUDIO AUDIENCE HERE TONIGHT AND THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED SINCERELY NOT TO APPLAUD OR TO MAKE NOISE DURING THE DEBATE, EXCEPT AT THE VERY END OF THE BROADCAST AND RIGHT NOW, WHEN WE INTRODUCE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM AND FORMER CONGRESSMAN TOM PERRLLO. [APPLAUSE] WELL DONE ON TAKING YOUR CUES, AUDIENCE. THAT WAS AMAZING. EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE MAKING TWO MINUTES OF INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND WE ACTUALLY DID NOT HAVE TO GO TO THE POLLS TO DECIDE WHO WILL GO FIRST IN TONIGHT'S DEBATE. WE SETTLED THAT QUESTION WITH THE TIME HONORED TOSS OF THE COIN. TOM PERRLLO WON THE TOSS AND HE'S ELECTED TO GO FIRST. CONGRESSMAN, WELCOME. WOULD YOU PLEASE BEGIN YOUR OPENING REMARKS? >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, CATHY AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS BROADCAST TONIGHT. THERE'S SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES I KNOW WE ALL WANT TO DISCUSS FROM HOW WE STRENGTHEN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM TO HOW WE REFORM OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HERE IN THIS REGION AND ACROSS THE STATE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, WE FACE A VERY SERIOUS MOMENT HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IN RECENT WEEKS HAS DEMONSTRATED A WILLINGNESS TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE AND A RECKLESS WILLINGNESS TO SHARE INTELLIGENCE WITH SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT EXACTLY OUR ALLIES ACROSS THE WORLD. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS WORKED IN AND OUT OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY SECTOR AS A DIPLOMAT AND AS A CONFLICT ANALYST, I CAN TELL YOU THESE ARE INCREDIBLY SERIOUS CHARGES. IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THAT WE SEE LEADERS IN WASHINGTON START TO PROCEED WITH IMPEACHMENT AND SPECIAL PROSECUTOR PROCEEDINGS. THIS IS A MATTER OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND IT'S A MATTER OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES. AND WE'VE SEEN FAR TOO FEW REPUBLICANS WILLING TO PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF PARTISANSHIP INCLUDING OUR LIKELY NOMINEE IN THE REPUBLICAN SIDE AT GILLESPIE WHO HAS BEEN SILENT ON THESE VERY SERIOUS CHARGES. THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE NEED SERIOUS LEADERS AND SERIOUS LEADERSHIP. AND IN THIS CAMPAIGN, WE'VE TRIED TO DO TWO THINGS. ONE, TO BE CLEAR ABOUT HOW WE WILL RESIST THE KIND OF AGENDA FROM DONALD TRUMP THAT'S TRYING TO DIVIDE US. BUT ALSO, HOW WE CAN PUT FORWARD A POSITIVE VISION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER PEOPLE FROM ACROSS VIRGINIA AND MOVES AWAY FROM THESE DIVISIONS ALONG REGION AND RACIAL LINES. BUT THE ONLY WAY WE CAN DO THAT IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE NEW THREATS OUT THERE. WE HAVE LEADERS TRYING TO DIVIDE US ON RACE AS WE'VE SEEN IN MY HOMETOWN OF CHARLOTTESVILLE WITH WHITE SUPREMACISTS WHO GATHERED THIS WEEKEND. AND WE NEEDED TO CALL OUT IN PERSON. WE ALSO SEE IT WITH THE FACT THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS BEEN FALLING FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. AND OVER THE NEXT 15 YEARS, WE COULD SEE 1/3 TO 1/2 OF ALL JOBS IN VIRGINIA DISRUPTED BY AUTOMATION. WE HAVE PUT FORTH THE MOST AMBITIOUS, NEW PLAN FOR REJUVENATING THE MIDDLE CLASS HERE IN VIRGINIA BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO RESIST DONALD TRUMP IS TO RESIST THE ISSUES THAT GOT HIM IN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. BY ENSURING THE AMERICAN DREAM THAT LEAVES NO RELIGION OR RACE IN VIRGINIA BEHIND. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM, WOULD YOU GIVE US YOUR TWO MINUTES. >> GOOD EVENING AND THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS OF THE DEBATE. MY NAME IS RALPH NORTHAM. AS I TRAVEL AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH AND LISTEN TO FOLKS AND TALK ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE AND RECORD OVER MY 10 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, PEOPLE OFTEN ASK WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR OPPONENT? FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE WON DIFFICULT RACES IN VIRGINIA. FIRST RUNNING IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT FOR THE SENATE AGAINST AN EIGHT-YEAR INCUMBENT AND THEN STATEWIDE IN 2013, I ACTUALLY RECEIVED MORE VOTES THAN ANY OTHER STATEWIDE CANDIDATE IN AN OFF-SEASON ELECTION IN THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA. I'VE NEVER BEEN AFRAID OF STANDING UP TO BIG BUSINESSES AND PACS STARTING WITH THE N.R.A. I HAVE A D RATING AND ONLY CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR WHO HAS NEVER HAD AN A RATING FROM THE N.R.A. I HAVE ALWAYS FOUGHT FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP. I'VE STOOD UP TO THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND STOOD UP TO BIG OIL AND GAS. BEING THE FIRST STATEWIDE CANDIDATE AND REPRESENTATIVE TO BE OUTSPOKEN AGAINST OFFSHORE DRILLING. FRACKING AND URANIUM MINING. I LED THE FIGHT AGAINST SEA LEVEL RISE. I'VE BEEN PLEASED WITH TERRY MCCULLOUGH AND HAVE BROUGHT IN MORE THAN 190,000 NEW JOBS TO THE COMMONWEALTH. OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS GONE TO THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN IN NINE YEARS. WE'VE DONE THAT THROUGH WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND INCLUSIVITY. I LED THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. I STOOD TO MAKE SURE WE HAD MARRIAGE EQUALITY HERE IN VIRGINIA. AND I'VE STOOD UP AGAINST THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE MAKING SURE THAT WE PROMOTE OR TRY TO PROMOTE MEDICAID EXPANSION. NO VIRGINIA FAMILY SHOULD BE ONE ILLNESS AWAY FROM FINANCIAL DEMISE. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR, TIM CANE, VIRGINIA'S STATE DELEGATES AND I LOOK FORWARD TONIGHT TO SHARING IDEAS OF MOVING THE STATE FORWARD WITH YOU. THANKS FOR BEING HERE AND THANKS FOR LISTENING. >> I APPRECIATE IT. RULES FOR TONIGHT'S DEBATE HAS BEEN AGREED UPON BY THE CANDIDATES' TEAMS DOING VERY WELL SO FAR. THE QUESTIONS WILL BE PRESENTED ALTERNATELY TO EACH CANDIDATE AND THE CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVES THE QUESTION WILL HAVE 90 SECONDS TO RESPOND. THE OTHER CANDIDATE WILL HAVE 60 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THAT ANSWER. THE PANELIST WHO ASKS THE QUESTION HAS THE OPTION WHICH WE HOPE NOT TO HAVE TO USE TO JUST JUMP IN IF A CANDIDATE NEEDS A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO STAY ON THE SUBJECT. BUT AGAIN, WE HOPE NOT TO HAVE TO DO THAT. AS YOU NOTE, WE WILL BE KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON TIME TONIGHT. AND YOU WILL HEAR A BELL WELL DONE. WHEN THE CANDIDATE HAS REACHED HIS ALLOTTED TIME. AND IT IS NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE MY COLLEAGUES, TONIGHT'S PANELISTS. BRIAN COLLIGAN IS A MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL TEAM AT "THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT." AND LEONARD COLVIN IS THE CHF REPORTER FOR NORFOLK'S "NEW JOURNAL & GUIDE." THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED. OUR FIRST QUESTION IS FOR YOU, CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO, AND IT HAS TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE. I THINK BOTH OF YOU IN YOUR CAMPAIGNS HAVE CLEARLY STATED YOUR BELF THAT HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT. BUT I HOPE WE CAN DRILL DOWN MORE SPECIFICALLY ON THAT. I WONDER TO WHAT SPECIFIC TYPE OF HEALTH CARE DO YOU BELIEVE THAT VIRGINIANS ARE ENTITLED? >> WELL, YOU KNOW, I'M VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A SUPPORTER OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHEN I WAS IN CONGRESS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT COST ME MY SEAT BUT I KNOW IT GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE COVERAGE AND WE REALLY SHOULD HAVE UNIVERSAL COVERAGE AND AFFORDABLE COVERAGE HERE. ONE OF THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS TO EXPAND WHAT'S CALLED THE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE. WHAT THAT IS SAYING HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN NO LONGER DENY COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE, NO LONGER DENY COVERAGE FOR PRE AND POSTNATAL CARE AND DENY COVERAGE FOR ADDICTION SERVICES AND OTHER ESSENTIAL BENEFITS. AND THAT'S WHAT DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS IN WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN ATTACKING IN THIS LATEST BILL. IT WOULD SET US BACK A DECADE IN TERMS OF THE KIND OF GUARANTEES WE FOUGHT HARD TO GET FOR PATIENTS AND CITIZENS ACROSS VIRGINIA. WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR THAT WE WILL SUPPORT NO WAIVERS IN VIRGINIA IF THIS BILL GOES THROUGH THE SENATE TO ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT MOVE BACKWARDS BUT FORWARD. UNFORTUNATELY, ED GILLESPIE HAS SAID HE WOULD PUT HIS INSURANCE COMPANY CLIENTS AHEAD OF THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA AND WOULD PURSUE THOSE WAIVERS THAT WOULD TAKE US BACK TO THE DAY WHERE BEING A WOMAN COULD BE CONSIDERED A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE MUST MOVE TO EXPAND, CERTAINLY STARTING WITH THE MEDICAID EXPANSION THAT WOULD CHANGE THE LIVES OF 400,000 VIRGINIANS. BUT IT WOULDN'T JUST PROVIDE DESPERATELY NEEDED CARE FOR THE WORKING POOR. IT WOULD ACTUALLY HELP REDUCE THE PREMIUMS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BECAUSE THE COST OF THE UNINSURED IS PASSED ON TO THOSE OF US WITH PRIVATE INSURANCE. SO WE WILL STAND AGAINST THE LEGISLATORS IN RICHMOND WHO WANT TO INCREASE COST FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS TO STICK IT TO THE WORKING POOR. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTHAM, YOUR RESPONSE. >> AS MOST PEOPLE KNOW, I HAVE WORKED AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR OVER 25 YEARS AND TAKEN CARE OF A LOT OF CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AND NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION WHETHER THEY GO IN AND SEE A DOCTOR OR STAY HOME AND PAY THEIR BILLS. SO IT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL VIRGINIANS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY HEALTH CARE. I WANT TO TELL YOU AS A DOCTOR, THERE ARE GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. NO MORE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. BEING ABLE TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN ON A POLICY UNTIL THEY'RE 26. ACCESS TO WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND ACCESS TO PREVENTATIVE CARE. I HAVE FOUGHT HARD IN VIRGINIA WITH A LOT OF GREAT LEGISLATORS TO EXPAND MEDICAID. THERE ARE OVER 400,000 VIRGINIANS THAT DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THAT'S MORALLY WRONG. WE'RE GIVING TO SURROUNDING STATES WHO WE COMPETE WITH OVER $5 MILLION A DAY. THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES. VIRGINIA NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN AND EXPAND MEDICAID AND I'LL CONTINUE TO LEAD THAT FIGHT. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM LEONARD COLVIN FROM THE "NEW JOURNAL & GUIDE" AND IT WILL BE DIRECTED TO YOU. >> GOOD EVENING, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. >> GOOD EVENING. >> THERE HAVE BEEN OPPOSING TORCH MARCHES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE OVER THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT ISSUE. IF ELECTED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO RESOLVE THAT? >> YOU KNOW, LEONARD, IT'S A GREAT QUESTION. AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE STOOD UP IN RICHMOND DURING MY 10 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND EVEN BEFORE I WAS EVEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE, TOO, TO REALLY TREAT PEOPLE FAIRLY WITH EQUALITY. AND, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO VIRGINIA IS THAT WE LIVE IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY. JUST LOOK AROUND US. THAT MEANS THAT WE NEED TO BE INCLUSIVE AND WE NEED TO WELCOME PEOPLE TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. OUR LIGHTS NEED TO BE ON. OUR DOORS OPEN. NOBODY SHOULD EVER LIVE IN FEAR IN VIRGINIA. AND WHEN WE SEE THINGS LIKE THESE MARCHES THAT WE JUST SAW IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND WE NEED TO STAND UP AS A SOCIETY AND SAY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THIS. SO THINGS THAT ARE DIVISIVE, THAT ARE DISCRIMINATING TO PEOPLE ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, WE'VE GOT TO STOP. I THINK THE OTHER THING WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT, LEONARD, IS WHY DO PEOPLE GET TO THIS POINT? YOU KNOW, I SEE A LOT OF CHILDREN IN MY CLINIC. THEY DON'T HAVE THE HATRED AND THE BIGOTRY THAT WE OFTEN SEE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE ALWAYS ADVOCATED FOR IS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. CHILDREN ARE SO IMPRESSIONABLE. >> WHAT WOULD YOU DO LEGISLATIVELY TO GIVE LOCALES SOME INSTRUCTION ON WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING WITH THESE MARCHES? >> I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING SURE. I MEAN, WE COULD DO THINGS LIKE SET UP A COMMISSION, LEONARD THAT WOULD STUDY WAYS TO BETTER DEAL WITH THESE SITUATIONS AND GIVE LOCALITIES MORE POWER. AND THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THE SAY. I MEAN, IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, AS YOU KNOW, THEY'VE MADE THE DECISION TO REMOVE THE STATUE. THAT'S A LOCAL DECISION AND I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THAT. WE'VE DONE THINGS LIKE TAKEN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG OFF LICENSE PLATES, THINGS WE CAN DO AT THE STATE LEVEL WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO. AGAIN, WE NEED TO WELCOME PEOPLE TO VIRGINIA AND MAKE THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE. >> THANK YOU. CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO, YOUR RESPONSE. >> SO PEOPLE WONDER WHY I GOT INTO A SOCIAL MEDIA FIGHT WITH THE WHITE SUPREMACIST THAT ORGANIZED THAT RALLY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO STAND UP TO HATE AND CALL IT EXACTLY WHAT IT IS WHICH IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST NEO-NAZI RALLY HERE IN VIRGINIA AND IT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH VIRGINIA VALUES. AND I THINK IT'S INCUMBENT ON THOSE OF US WHO HAVE PRIVILEGE INCLUDING BECAUSE OF OUR OWN RACES TO BE PART OF STANDING UP FOR THAT AND NOT JUST EXPECTING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR TO CARRY THE BURDEN OF DOING SO. THAT'S WHY I CALLED FOR A COMMISSION ON RACIAL HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION IN THE WAKE OF THIS INCLUDING HOW WE MEMORIALIZE SUCH EVENTS. I WORKED, ACTUALLY MORE OF MY TIME AS A PEACE NEGOTIATOR THAN AS A POLITICIAN AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE LEARNED WORKING ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSIONS ACROSS AFRICA, LOOKING AT EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN AND ELSEWHERE IS WE DON'T DEAL WITH THESE THINGS BY ACTING LIKE THE PROBLEM ISN'T THERE. WE HAVE TO CALL OUT RACISM, STRUCTURAL AND OVERT WHERE WE SEE IT AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF DEEP RACIAL INEQUALITY WE HAVE HERE IN VIRGINIA WHERE THE MEDIAN NET WORTH REMAINS 111TH OF A WHITE FAMILY IN VIRGINIA. WE MUST DEAL WITH THE STRUCTURAL BARRIERS AND HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS EVEN WHEN THEY'RE UNCOMFORTABLE. >> THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM BRIAN COLLIGAN FROM "THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT." CONGRESSMAN? >> EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVED A SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH REFORM PACKAGE THAT EXPANDS THE CORE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD, EXCUSE ME, ABSENT WAS THE FUNDING, HOWEVER, AND THESE REQUIREMENTS OF SAME DAY MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING SERVICES, OUTPATIENT, PRIVATE CARE SCREENING AND MONITORING, FOR INSTANCE, WILL BE COSTLY. HOW DO YOU THINK VIRGINIA SHOULD BEST PROVIDE FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF ITS CITIZENS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW DO WE PAY FOR IT? >> THANK YOU. THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IS SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS EVERY COMMUNITY, EVERY CLASS, AND EVERY RACE. WE TOOK A STEP FORWARD WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHEN I VOTED FOR IT BECAUSE WE INSURED MENTAL HEALTH PARODY. THAT DOESN'T COVER THOSE THAT DOESN'T GET COVERED AT ALL BECAUSE OUR LEGISLATURE CONTINUES TO BLOCK THE MEDICAID EXPANSION THAT WOULD AFFECT SO MANY OF THE WORKING POOR. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE'S MORE COVERAGE AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE MOVING INTO THIS PROFESSIONS. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A DEBT FORGIVENESS PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO WOULD MOVE INTO THIS LINE OF WORK AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DEALING WITH THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH GETTING CARE WHICH IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I HEAR FROM FIRST RESPONDERS ACROSS THESE NEEDS. OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS HAVE BEEN CRUCIAL TO THIS AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS THROUGH THE STIMULUS ACT AND OTHER EFFORTS WHEN I WAS IN CONGRESS. AND WE ACTUALLY FOUND THAT TELEMEDICINE CAN BE AN INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE PART OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT NEED TO BE PROVIDED. WE ARE THE ONLY CANDIDATE IN THIS RACE WHO HAS SHOWN WHERE WE'RE GOING TO RAISE THE REVENUE TO DO EVERY SINGLE THING WE HAVE PROPOSED IN THIS RACE. FROM UNIVERSAL PRE-K TO TWO YEARS OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE. TO FILLING GAPS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION NEEDS. WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES AND THOSE MAKING $1 MILLION OR MORE TO INVEST IN THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS THAT ARE HOLDING BACK THE NEEDS HERE IN VIRGINIA. WE NEED TO PUT REVENUE ON THE TABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND MAKE SURE INSURANCE COVERAGE IS THERE AND MAKE SURE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DON'T HAVE A CHOICE BUT TO INCLUDE MENTAL HEALTH PARODY COVERAGE IN THEIR EFFORTS. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> MENTAL ILLNESS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED DURING THE VIRGINIA TECH TRAGEDY 10 YEARS AGO. IT WAS ALSO RECENTLY HIGHLIGHTED WHEN THE SENATOR'S SON TOOK HIS LIFE. A MENTAL HEALTH TASK GROUP WAS SET UP IN VIRGINIA. I HAVE CHAIRED THAT. WE'VE LOOKED AT SEVERAL DIFFERENT AREAS. FIRST IS CRISIS INTERVENTION. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH SOMEONE WHO IS ACUTELY MENTALLY ILL? WE'VE MADE PROGRESS ESPECIALLY WITH THINGS LIKE THE BED REGISTRY AND WE LOOKED AT ONGOING THERAPY. HOW DO WE MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH SOCIAL WORKERS, PSYCHIATRISTS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS? WE LOOKED AT LAW ENFORCEMENT. FOR TOO MANY OF OUR MENTALLY ILL ARE IN OUR JAILS AND PENITENTIARIES AND WHAT TOM MENTIONED IS TELEPSYCHIATRY AND TELEHEALTH AND THAT'S AN EXCITING AVENUE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO REACH UNDERSERVED AREAS. HOW DO WE PAY FOR IT? I'LL TELL YOU IN TWO WORDS, MEDICAID EXPANSION. WE HAVE NOT ONLY GIVEN AWAY TO OUR SURROUNDING STATES WHO WE COMPETE WITH OVER $10 BILLION WITH A B DOLLARS. SO THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES. WE NEED TO BRING THAT REVENUE BACK TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. AND USE IT FOR THINGS LIKE THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTHAM, THE ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE IS ONE OF TWO PIPELINES THAT'S BEEN PROPOSED IN THE COMMONWEALTH. ATLANTIC COAST ONE IS ABOUT DELIVERING NATURAL GAS TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. THIS PATHWAY HAS LANDOWNERS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON WATERWAYS WATERWAYS. I WONDER IF YOU WOULD EXPLAIN IF IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST. >> THERE ARE MANY CONCERNS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA AND I HAVE LISTENED TO MANY OF THEM SUCH AS PROPERTY RIGHTS, SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO BE VERY COGNIZANT OF AND ALSO, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. WE NEED TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO DEAL WITH THE PIPELINE AND THE REGULATIONS. IN VIRGINIA, WE HAVE THE D.E.Q. I HAVE WORKED WITH THE D.E.Q. I WROTE THEM A LETTER SUGGESTING AND ASKING THEM TO CHANGE FROM A BLANKET PERMITTING SYSTEM TO A SITE SPECIFIC PERMIT. THEY HAVE TAKEN THAT INTO ACCOUNT AND ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT. THAT MEANS THAT ANYWHERE THERE'S A STREAM OR A RIVER, THAT THERE WILL BE A SITE SPECIFIC PERMIT AND THAT WE WILL USE SCIENCE AND TRANSPARENCY IF THE PIPELINE MOVES FORWARD. I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO ALSO LOOK AT MY RECORD. I HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST OFFSHORE DRILLING. I HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST FRACKING IN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS URANIUM MINING AND LED THE CHARGE ON SEA LEVEL RISE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WEAN OURSELVES AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS AND CONCENTRATE ON ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY SUCH AS SUN AND WIND AND WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS THIS PAST YEAR. TODAY WAS AN EXCITING DAY. AND I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY SAW THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE MADE BUT WHAT WE'RE ADVOCATING FOR IS BY THE YEAR 2030, 30% OF OUR ENERGY PRODUCTION IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA WILL BE FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY. THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO WEAN OURSELVES AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS. DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF CARBON WE'RE PUTTING INTO THE AIR AND MAKE VIRGINIA A SAFER PLACE ENVIRONMENTALLY. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> YOU DON'T LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST SEA LEVEL RISE BY MAKING A $6 BILLION, 50 YEAR INVESTMENT IN FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE. RIGHT NOW, OUR UTILITIES WANT TO RAISE OUR RATES TO BE ABLE TO INVEST $6.7 BILLION INTO FRACKED GAS PIPELINES THAT THEY HAVEN'T EVEN PROVED ARE NECESSARY. THAT'S NOT WHERE THE JOBS AND THE BUSINESSES ARE GROWING OVER THE NEXT GENERATION. THIS IS LIKE SOMEONE COMING TO YOU RIGHT WHEN DIGITAL CAMERAS WERE TAKING OFF AND SAYING YOU SHOULD BET YOUR PENSION FUND ON EASTMAN KODAK. THIS IS NOT WHERE GROWTH IS RIGHT NOW. IT IS GOING TO MOVE VIRGINIA BACKWARDS BECAUSE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UTILITIES AND THE LEGISLATURES, BOTH PARTIES IN THE LEGISLATURES WHOSE BIGGEST FUNDER IS DOMINION POWER, WE HAVE DROPPED BEHIND NORTH CAROLINA ON SOLAR ENERGY JOBS. AND WE ARE AT REAL RISK OF FALLING BEHIND MARYLAND ON WIND ENERGY JOBS. WE WILL GET THE OFFSHORE WIND. BUT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T BEEN LEADING ON THIS, IT'S GOING TO BE MARYLAND COMPANIES MANUFACTURING IT AND MARYLAND COMPANIES SELLING IT TO US. WE NEED LEADERSHIP NOW THAT IS WILLING AS I HAVE BEEN TO TAKE NOT $1 FROM THE ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND NOT MAKE A BET ON 50 YEARS MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. VIRGINIA IS A LEADER AND NOT A FOLLOWER. THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM LEONARD COLVIN FROM THE "NEW JOURNAL & GUIDE". >> THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LEADING TOWARDS A LOT OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT PLEDGE. IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT A GOOD EXAMPLE OR BAD EXAMPLE LOOK AT THE TOLLS IMPOSED ON COMMUTERS TRAVELING BETWEEN NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH WHICH WAS A PUBLIC, YOU KNOW, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT HURT. HOW WOULD YOU RESOLVE THIS SITUATION? WHAT LEGISLATION WOULD YOU PASS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM WHICH IRRITATES A LOT OF PEOPLE IN BOTH CITIES FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. >> CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO? >> THE PORTSMOUTH TUNNEL IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE LEADERSHIP WITH THE MORAL COURAGE TO SAY WHAT'S NECESSARY WHICH IF YOU PAY $2.3 BILLION UP FRONT FOR THE TUNNEL, WE WOULDN'T BE PAYING $23 BILLION FOR IT NOW. THE TUNNEL IS THERE AND THE TOLLS HAVE CRUSHED SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS PORTSMOUTH. PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER CROSSING OVER FOR NIGHTLIFE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. MEANWHILE, THE WORKING POOR THAT NEED TO CROSS IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, THAT $10 IS A CRUSHING DEBT. WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE IN MINIMUM WAGE MAKING $14,000 A YEAR BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T RAISED THE MINIMUM WAGE IN VIRGINIA AND FALLEN BEHIND WEST VIRGINIA. WE PAY POVERTY WAGES AND THEN WE SEND PEOPLE ACROSS. THAT ADDS TOWN REAL MONEY. THEN YOU LOSE YOUR E. Z.PASS FOR A DAY. NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOUR TOLLS ARE YOUR DEBT IS GOING THROUGH THE ROOF. THEN YOU GET YOUR LICENSE SUSPENDED. THEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE. AND WELCOME TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WHERE WE HAVE OVERCROWDED PRISONS AND WE HAVE SEEN TRAGIC RESULTS OF THOSE WHO ARE HELD WITHIN. WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT ESSENTIALLY CRIMINALIZES BEING POOR. AND THESE SORTS OF MOMENTS WHEN WE HAVE A LEGISLATURE THAT DOESN'T MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS OF RAISING THE REVENUE NECESSARY TO MAKE THE INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE WE NEED, THE LOSERS ARE ALWAYS THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE WORKING CLASS. WE'VE TRIED TO LEARN FROM THESE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNER SHIPS ON SOME OF THE TOLL ROADS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE NEED OUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO DO THEIR JOB AND MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS AND MAKE THE INVESTMENT. >> IF IT WAS YOU, WHAT PARTICULAR LEGISLATION WOULD YOU PROPOSE TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT EFFORTS DON'T HURT PEOPLE? BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES, IT'S JUST THE BUSINESSMEN GETTING THEIR MONEY BACK BY CHARGING TOLLS. >> YEAH. >> ONCE THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT UP A LOT OF MONEY. >> FOR ME, IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE. THE RETURNS WHEN IT'S A PUBLIC INVESTMENT INSTEAD OF A PUBLIC/PRIVATE INVESTMENT HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR TAXPAYERS. IT'S JUST THAT LEGISLATORS HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO RAISE THE REVENUE. WE NEED TO DO THAT AS A PERMANENT INCREASE IN INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING AND WE CAN ASK PEOPLE MAKING A MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE SO WE CAN INVEST IN THOSE BRIDGES AND TUNNELS. YOU KNOW WHO WINS, EVERYBODY INCLUDING PEOPLE MAKING A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR OR MORE. >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU. >> TO YOUR POINT, I WORK IN NORFOLK. I OWN A BUSINESS AND WE EMPLOY ABOUT 250 PEOPLE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE IN SUFFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH HAVE SAID IS RALPH, YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE TOLLS. WE'VE LOOKED AT WAYS OF DEFRAYING. THAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE WORST DEALS THAT WAS EVER AUTHORED AND SIGNED BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. AS WAS 460. A PROJECT THAT NEVER CAME TO FRUITION BUT COST VIRGINIANS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I'LL TELL YOU HOW YOU MAKE A CHANGE. YOU MAKE A CHANGE WITH LEADERSHIP. AND I WANT TO GIVE AUBREY LANE, OUR SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION CREDIT. HE GETS HOW TO DO PUBLIC/PRIVATE RELATIONSHIPS. AND IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT ARE GOING ON RIGHT HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS LIKE EXPANDING 64. WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND HAMPTON ROADS BRIDGE TUNNEL, WE'VE EXPANDED ARE EXPANDING I-66 UP IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNER SHIPS ARE IMPORTANT. IT'S ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND IT'S HAVING PEOPLE AT THE TABLE THAT UNDERSTAND BUSINESS AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO NEGOTIATE AND DO WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF VIRGINIA TAXPAYERS. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM BRIAN COLLIGAN FROM "THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT." >> LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, I KNOW YOU'VE TOUCHED ON THIS BRFLY. BEING THAT WE'RE IN HAMPTON ROADS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO ASK THE NEW ADMINISTRATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE HAS WASTED LITTLE TIME IN DISMANTLING THE ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO TRY TO TAKE PART IN THE CLEAN POWER PLAN AND CONSIDERING WITHDRAW FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD. THAT CAN OBVIOUSLY HAVE PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR HAMPTON ROADS, AND A THREAT TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES HERE. AS WASHINGTON STEPS BACK FROM THE LEADERSHIP ROLE ON THIS ISSUE, WHAT MUST THE NEXT GOVERNOR DO TO ENSURE IT HAS THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT IT NEEDS? >> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION. I APPRECIATE IT. THERE'S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAVING A LEADER THAT'S WILLING TO STAND UP AGAINST WHAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE IT IS VERY, VERY CONCERNING. AND I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO STEP UP AND SAY OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT IS DANGEROUS. NOT ONLY FOR THIS COUNTRY BUT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. AND JUST AS YOU SAID, HE HAS THREATENED TO TAKE ALL THE FUNDING AWAY THAT WE HAVE USED TO RESTORE THE HEALTH OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WHICH A HEALTHY CHESAPEAKE BAY IS WORTH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OUR ECONOMY IN VIRGINIA. HE'S CHANGING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THREATENING TO TAKE HEALTH COVERAGE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. THAT WILL AFFECT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. HE'S TAKEN AWAY MONEY FOR H.U.D. WHICH IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING. >> THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT. >> YES, I WAS GOING TO GET TO THE SEA LEVEL RISING. I HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN THAT. IF YOU KNOW OF MY HISTORY, I GREW UP ON THE EASTERN SHORE. I KNOW ALL TOO WELL WHAT SEA LEVEL RISE IS DOING TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. IF YOU DON'T THINK IT'S AFFECTING, LET'S GO TO TANGIER ISLAND SINKING INTO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. SO WHEN I WAS IN THE SENATE, I ACTUALLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO START A STUDY FOR SEA LEVEL RISE THAT WOULD THEN ALLOW US TO OBTAIN GRANTS, FEDERAL GRANTS. THAT WAS SUCCESSFUL. WE NOW HAVE FEDERAL GRANTS. AND SO NOW WE HAVE THE MONEY TO DO WHAT WE CALL RESILIENCY PLAN FOR HAMPTON ROADS. IT'S NOT ONLY GOOD FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE, PROPERTY OWNERS, BUT ALSO FOR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THAT MONEY AND YOU KNOW WHAT? WE CAN USE THAT MONEY AND ACTUALLY IMPROVE OUR ECONOMY. IT CAN BE AN ECONOMIC DRIVER IF WE PREPARE HAMPTON ROADS FOR SEA LEVEL RISE AND THAT'S WHAT I PLAN TO DO OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. >> THANK YOU. CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO? >> WELL, I DON'T SAY THIS OFTEN BUT WE CAN'T BLAME PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR EVERYTHING. WE HAVE SEEN IN THE LEGISLATURE HERE IN RICHMOND VIRGINIA FALL BEHIND BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T BEEN WILLING TO DO BASIC STEPS LIKE A RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD OR CAP ON CARBON AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS IN PLACES LIKE NORTH CAROLINA THESE HAVE CREATED MORE JOBS AND MORE BUSINESSES. THERE ARE MORE AMERICANS WORKING TODAY IN FOSSIL FUEL, IN CLEAN ENERGY, THAN IN THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. IN FACT, THERE ARE ALREADY MORE VIRGINIANS WORKING IN SOLAR POWER THAN IN COAL. THESE ARE THE JOBS THAT ARE GOING TO BE GROWING OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WHAT'S BEEN A DRIVER FOR THEM IS STATES WILLING TO STEP UP AND CREATE INCENTIVES TO PUSH IN THE DIRECTION OF CLEAN ENERGY. THE IMPACT, OF COURSE, IS ON OUR COASTLINE. THERE'S NO AREA, THERE ARE ONLY TWO THAT RANK NEW ORLEANS AND HERE AS THE ABSOLUTE TOP OF THE LIST AS THOSE MOST VULNERABLE TO THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE. DISPROPORTIONALLY AFFECTING MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA WITH ENORMOUS IMPACTS ON OUR NAVAL BASIS AS WELL. VIRGINIA NEEDS TO DO ITS PART BY PUTTING THE RULES IN PLACE THAT CAN UNLEASH THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS OF THE FUTURE. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO, I WANT TO NOTE THAT WE HAVE JUST PASSED THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASSACRE AT VIRGINIA TECH. AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT GUN POLICY. AND I WONDER WHAT YOU SEE AS COMMONSENSE GUN POLICY THAT YOU COULD ALSO PERSUADE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ADOPT. >> WELL, I FOUGHT VERY HARD FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP CHOSE TO PICK UP THAT FIGHT. IT'S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GUARANTEE THE MOST COMMON SENSE THING IMAGINABLE WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN KNOW THERE'S A PERSON WITH VIOLENT HISTORY OR SOMEONE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST IS UNABLE TO BUY A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION. OR ANY WEAPON. THIS IN VIRGINIA WE CANNOT DO UNLESS WE HAVE A UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK. I WAS PART OF THE FIGHT TO GET THAT THROUGH THE SENATE. HELPED RAISE MONEY TO DO A STUDY TO SHOW THE CAUSAL LINK BETWEEN STRONGER GUN LAWS AND LOWER GUN DEATHS. I'VE GOT AN F FROM THE N.R.A. AND CALLED THEM IN A LESS DIPLOMATIC MOMENT A NUT JOB EXTREMIST ORGANIZATION. PART OF WHAT'S INCUMBENT NOW IS FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS AND I KNOW SO MANY TO BE PART OF DISTANCING THEMSELVES FROM AN ORGANIZATION THAT NO LONGER REPRESENTS THEIR INTERESTS OR THEIR CAUSES. WE CAN DEFEND A SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS AND OUR HERITAGE WITH COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM RANGING FROM UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS TO LIMITS ON HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES AND ONE GUN A MONTH POLICIES. THESE USED TO BE THINGS WHERE PEOPLE COULD COME TOGETHER AND FIND COMMON SENSE TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT OUR RIGHTS BUT WE ALSO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE SO MANY THINGS IN OUR POLITICS TODAY IN VIRGINIA AND IN WASHINGTON, WE'VE SEEN THE EXTREMES TAKE OVER. I BELIEVE THIS IS A TIME WE NEED TO BRING THOSE VOICES TOGETHER. AS SOMEONE WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, REPRESENTED SOUTH SIDE VIRGINIA AND LIVED THE LAST SIX YEARS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, I BELIEVE THERE IS A LOT THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS WANTING OUR COMMUNITIES TO BE SAFE. I BELIEVE THESE ARE THE KIND OF COMMON SENSE REFORMS LONG PAST DUE IN RICHMOND. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> LET ME REMIND THE VIEWERS I'M THE ONLY PERSON THAT IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR THAT HAS NEVER HAD AN A RATING FROM THE N.R.A. I'VE STOOD UP TO N.R.A. AND NEVER TAKEN MONEY FROM THEM. LET ME TELL YOU WHY. I HAVE A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON GUNS. I GREW UP ON THE EASTERN SHORE BUT THEN I WENT AND SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY DURING DESERT STORM AND I KNOW WHAT ASSAULT WEAPONS DO TO HUMAN BEINGS. I'VE TAKEN CARE OF TODDLERS WHO HAVE PICKED UP LOADED FIREARMS ON THE BEDSIDE TABLE. I'VE TAKEN CARE OF WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN IN TRAGEDIES BECAUSE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA AND I'M WILLING TO LEAD THAT. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BANS AGAINST ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BRINGING BACK ONE GUN A MONTH. NOBODY SHOULD NEED TO BUY MORE THAN ONE GUN A MONTH AND WE NEED TO HAVE SMART GUN TECHNOLOGY THAT ONLY ONE FINGERPRINT WILL DISCHARGE THAT GUN. I'M WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BRING THEM TOGETHER. AND LET'S FIND SOMETHING THAT WE CAN AGREE ON. THAT BEING RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP AND THEN WE CAN MAKE SOME COMMONSENSE MOVEMENTS TO MOVES TO MAKE OUR COMMONWEALTH SAFER REGARDING THE GUN VIOLENCE THAT WE'RE ALL EXPERIENCING. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM LEONARD COLVIN FROM THE "NEW JOURNAL & GUIDE." >> POLITICIANS SPECIFICALLY, MR. TRUMP WHO PROBABLY WON THE WHITE HOUSE BY BRINGING FORTH THIS ISSUE, ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF WHITE WORKING CLASS AMERICANS. THERE ARE COUNTERPARTS IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN GAY AND HISPANIC COMMUNITIES. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO THEM TO RAISE THEIR, YOU KNOW, OPTIMISM ABOUT THE FUTURE. >> THIS IS FOR YOU, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTHAM? >> THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FLD AND THERE'S STILL CRONYISM HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. WHEN PEOPLE PUT IN APPLICATIONS FOR JOBS AND I KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE TONIGHT THAT UNDERSTAND THAT AS WELL. SO, YOU KNOW, I MENTIONED EARLIER AND WE'RE PROUD THAT OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS GONE FROM 5.4% TO 3.8%. IF YOU GO TO THE EASTERN SHORE WHERE I'M FROM, THE SOUTH SIDE OR SOUTHWEST OF VIRGINIA, IT'S NOWHERE NEAR 3.8%. SO HOW DO WE LIFT UP ALL OF VIRGINIA? AND THERE'S SOME THINGS THAT WE CAN DO. FIRST OF ALL, IN RURAL VIRGINIA, WE STILL HAVE POCKETS WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO BROADBAND. THAT SHOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE IN 2017. WE HAVE AREAS THAT DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO CELL COVERAGE. WE HAVE AN OPIOID CRISIS GOING ON, ONE OF OUR LARGEST CHALLENGES IN VIRGINIA THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS. HOW DO WE LIFT UP EVERYBODY? WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE JOBS OF THE 21ST CENTURY ARE AND THEY'RE IN STEM RELATED AREAS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, THE ENGINEERING, ARTS AND MATH. WE NEED TO PREPARE THE WORK FORCE FOR THOSE JOBS. WE'VE DONE THAT THROUGH THINGS LIKE AFFORDABLE HIGHER EDUCATION. MY G-3 PROGRAM, GET SKILLED, GET A JOB AND GET BACK THAT HELPS PEOPLE GO THROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGES WITHOUT HAVING ANY EXPENSES. WE'VE REALLY EMPHASIZED VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. AND FINALLY, WE JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY IN VIRGINIA HAS ACCESS TO THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THAT IS ACCESS TO THE EDUCATION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BE IN THE WORK FORCE FOR OUR 21ST CENTURY JOBS. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO? >> GROWING UP IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, I WAS VERY AWARE THAT VIRGINIA IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. BUT IT'S ALSO THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN SLAVERY. WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN BOTH AT THE FOREFRONT OF JUSTICE, LIBERTY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL BUT WE'VE ALSO BEEN A SOURCE OF SOME OF THE GREATEST SINS AND THE GREATEST SINS IN OUR COUNTRY'S PAST AND COMMONWEALTH'S PAST. IN EACH GENERATION, WE MAKE A DECISION ABOUT WHETHER OUR GENERATION IN VIRGINIA IS GOING TO BE DEFINED AT BEING AT THE FOREFRONT OF DEMOCRACY OR THE FOREFRONT OF THOSE DARKER TRADITIONS. WE MUST TAKE THEM HEAD ON AND ADDRESS THE FACT THAT WE CONTINUE TO HAVE MASSIVE STRUCTURAL RACIAL INEQUALITY HERE IN THIS STATE. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE PUT OUT A PAPER ON THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP AND LOOKED AT BOTH IN TERMS OF ACCESS TO CAPITAL, ACCESS TO HOUSING AS WELL AS A CONTINUED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT CONTINUES TO MAKE THIS EFFECTIVELY A NEW JIM CROW STATE HERE IN VIRGINIA DESPITE GREAT EFFORTS BY GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE TO BEGIN THE EFFORTS OF JUSTICE REFORM INCLUDING MOVING US OUT OF BEING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF JUVENILE INCARCERATION IN THE STATE. WE CAN BE THAT PROMISE OF JUSTICE, LIBERTY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL. WE CAN'T DO IT BY CLOSING OUR EARS AND EYES TO THE FACT THAT THESE INEQUALITIES STILL EXIST. WE DO IT BY ANSWERING THEM AND COMING UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THEM. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM BRIAN COLLIGAN FROM "THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT." >> THIS IS FOR THE CONGRESSMAN. FOUR YEARS AGO, TERRY MCAULIFFE PROMISED TO BE A BRICK WALL WHEN IT CAME TO ATTEMPT TO BLOCK WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE INCLUDING ABORTION. YOU SAID THE VOTE THAT YOU REGRET MOST IS THAT ONE. SOME DEMOCRATS SUGGEST THERE SHOULD BE A LITMUS TEST FOR THOSE SEEKING THE NOMINATION. EXPLAIN YOUR VIEW ON THIS INCLUDING THE TYPES OF RESTRICTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED BY A REPUBLICAN GENERAL ASSEMBLY? >> I WANT TO COMMEND GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTHAM FOR A WOMEN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND ADVOCATES ACROSS THE STATE THAT ENSURE THAT. WE'VE SEEN OVER 70 PCES OF LEGISLATION IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO LIMIT A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE OR MEANING AND DIGNIFIED ACCESS OF THAT CHOICE. I SUPPORTED ROE V. WADE MY ENTIRE LIFE AND BELIEVE WE MUST PURSUE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN THE CHANCE THAT AFTER JUSTICE GORSUCH, WE GET ONE MORE JUSTICE THAT CAN CHALLENGE ROE. IT WAS AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE A PLEDGE THAT ENSURE MONTH TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL. I'VE EXPRESSED MANY TIMES MY REGRET ABOUT THE PLEDGE AND VOTE TO SUPPORT THAT AMENDMENT. WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT AS I'M TRYING TO DO IN THIS RACE AND NONPROFIT ADVOCACY TO ENSURE A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND MEANINGFUL ACCESS IN A STATE THAT CONTINUES TO SEE 92% OF OUR COUNTIES HAVE NO PROVIDER AND PEOPLE OFTEN HAVING TO TAKE TWO DAYS OUT OF WORK IN ORDER TO GO, RECEIVE A LECTURE, GO THROUGH A 24-HOUR WAITING PERIOD BEFORE MAKING A CHOICE THAT IS THEIR SOVEREIGN RIGHT TO DO. AND I BELIEVE WE MUST CONTINUE TO BE A BRICK WALL AGAINST THE REGRESSIVE ATTACKS FROM THE LEGISLATURE BUT FIND WAYS FOR COMMON GROUND ON EXPANDING UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTION AND MAKING SURE THAT WE DO NOT SEE ATTACKS ON THESE CLINICS WHETHER FROM THE OUTSIDE OR WITHIN. THANK YOU. WE NEED TO BE OVERHAULING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM TO CONNECT TO A VERY NEW AND HOPEFULLY DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM LEONARD COLVIN FROM THE "NEW JOURNAL & GUIDE." >> THROW THIS OUT TO BOTH OF YOU AND STARTING WITH YOU, MR. PERRLLO. IN THE BATTLE DAYS OF DRUG EPIDEMIC, CRACK COCAINE WAS CRIMINALIZED. NOW THAT THEY HAVE THE NEW WAVE OF OPIOID ADDICTION, IT'S BEING TREATED AS A MENTAL ILLNESS, A SOCIAL DISEASE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAS SAID THAT HE'S GOING TO STEP UP OR REVAMP THE LOCK THEM UP TENDENCY TO PEOPLE WHO VIOLATE THE NATION'S NARCOTICS LAWS. MANY GOVERNORS HAVE OPTIONS TO FIGHT AGAINST THAT. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE ELECTED TO SAY I'M NOT GOING BACK TO THE DAYS OF LOCKING HIM UP PARTICULARLY POOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC PEOPLE? AND NOW WHITE PEOPLE SINCE MANY OF THEM WILL BE ARRESTED FOR OPIOID ADDICTION. >> SO LEONARD, FIRST, YOU HAVE TO CALL IT WHAT IT IS AND WE HAVE MULTIPLE TIMES CALLED OUT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS FOR THIS RACIST, DOG WHISTLING POLITICS THAT'S TRYING TO GO BACK TO THE FAILED POLITICS OF BOTH RACIAL DOG WHISTLING BUT ALSO SOMETHING WE CAN'T AFFORD WHICH IS TO CONTINUE TO OVERCRIMINALIZE AND OVERINCARCERATE. I WAS PROUD WHEN I WAS IN CONGRESS WE GOT RID OF SOME OF THE DISPARITIES INCLUDING THE CRACK COCAINE DISPARITIES THAT HAD A LONG RACIAL HISTORY. WE'VE PROPOSED DECRIMINALIZING LOW LEVEL MAREANA POSSESSION AS WELL AS THE ABILITY TO USE MEDICAL MAREANA. IT IS TRUE THAT IT'S A SHAME THAT WE HAVE A NEW POLITICAL COALITION FOR THIS ONLY NOW THAT IT'S AFFECTING WHITER AND MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES. THAT'S STILL AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WE SHOULDN'T LOSE TO BUILD A BIPARTISAN COALITION TO MOVE AWAY FROM THESE FAILED POLICIES OF THE 1990s. I FIND IN MY MANY TRIPS TO SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA AND SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA THAT I USED TO REPRESENT THAT THE PEOPLE ARE WAY AHEAD OF THEIR OWN LEGISLATURES. WE SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT THESE VERY CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATURES IN RICHMOND ARE ACTUALLY REPRESENTING THEIR COMMUNITIES. THEY'RE REPRESENTING VERY RIGHT-WING DONORS WHO SEND THEM THERE TO BE IDEOLOGICALLY PURE. WHEN I GO TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS VIRGINIA, THEY BELIEVE IN SECOND CHANCES. THEY BELIEVE IN LOVE OF NEIGHBOR AND THEY BELIEVE IT IS FAR MORE EFFICIENT TO INVEST A LITTLE BIT UP FRONT IN PREVENTION INCLUDING TRADE SCHOOLS AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS INCLUDING INSTEAD OF THE HUGE COST OF INCARCERATION. WE HAVE A SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE THAT WE SEE SUSPENSION RATES GOING THROUGH THE ROOF EVEN IN THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD LEVEL AND WE NEED TO CREATE A PIPELINE. WE BELIEVE THIS PLAN DOES IT. >> I AGREE, TOM, THAT WE NEED TO INTERRUPT THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE. IT IS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM. AND JUST A COUPLE OF QUICK NUMBERS. VIRGINIA RIGHT NOW SPENDS $67 MILLION A YEAR ON MAREANA LAWS. AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE ADVOCATED FOR IS TO DECRIMINALIZE MAREANA. AND PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR, LEONARD, ARE 2.8 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE PICKED UP FOR SMOKING MAREANA THAN THOSE NOT OF COLOR. WE NEED TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FLD. YOU MENTIONED THE OPIOID CRISIS. THAT IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST CHALLENGES IN VIRGINIA RIGHT NOW AND I WOULD SAY THAT IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. THERE ARE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULD LEAST EXPECT. LAST YEAR, WE LOST 806 VIRGINIANS TO OPIOID OVERDOSE. THIS YEAR, WE HAVE LOST OVER 1,000. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO IS LOOK AT THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF MAREANA AND THEN LOOK AT MEDICINAL USES FOR IT. AS A DOCTOR, OVER 100 MEDICINES I USE COME FROM PLANTS. SO LET'S NOT ONLY, YOU KNOW, THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX BUT STEP OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AND LOOK FOR OTHER USES FOR MAREANA AND STOP PUTTING SO MANY PEOPLE IN JAIL. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. BRIAN COLLIGAN HAS OUR NEXT QUESTION FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTHAM. >> ABSOLUTELY. THIS RACE IS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. LET'S DO A QUICK PREVIEW THAT WE HEAR IN NOVEMBER. IT'S EITHER GOING TO BE TAX AND SPEND RALPH FOR TAX AND SPEND TOM. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO TWO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COST OF GOVERNMENT AND HOW DO YOU THINK THAT VIRGINIA SHOULD EQUITABLY PAY FOR ITS NEEDS? >> YEAH, I'VE BEEN IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR 10 YEARS NOW. SIX YEARS AS A SENATOR AND FOUR YEARS AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S REASONABLE TO HAVE GREAT IDEAS IN WHAT WE WANT TO DO TO MOVE VIRGINIA FORWARD. FIRST QUESTION THAT SHOULD BE ASKED IS HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR IT? SO I DO HAVE SOME PLANS ON THE TABLE. SUCH AS PRE-K EDUCATION AND WE TALKED ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT. WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC WHEN WE PRESENT PLANS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BRING PEOPLE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WE MAY AGREE TO DISAGREE BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE NEED TO DO WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF VIRGINIA. LET ME GIVE YOU PRE-K EDUCATION AS AN EXAMPLE. I SHARE THE I CHAIR THE COMMONWEALTH BOARD FOR SUCCESS. I APPLIED FOR A GRANT WITH THE HELP OF OTHER FOLKS IN RICHMOND OF $70 MILLION. WE RECEIVED THAT GRANT. $17 MILLION OVER EACH YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS. WEED WE USED THAT THIS YEAR TO JUMP-START PRE-K IN VIRGINIA AND OPENED UP MORE SPOTS THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THAT FEDERAL MONEY. AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THERE'S NOT ONLY PUBLIC INTEREST, BIPARTISAN INTEREST. BUT ALSO INTEREST FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND SO WE WILL MOVE FORWARD TO PAY FOR THINGS LIKE PRE-K EDUCATION WITH THE PRIVATE/PUBLIC SECTOR AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO RAISE TAXES TO DO THAT. SO THEY CAN CALL ME TAX AND SPEND. BUT I THINK THOSE THAT KNOW ME, KNOW MY RECORD IN VIRGINIA. I HAVEN'T BEEN ONE TO STEP FORWARD AND WANT TO RAISE TAXES BECAUSE REALISTICALLY, IT'S NOT POSSIBLE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THERE'S A BIT OF A DIFFERENCE. I DON'T THINK THE FIRST QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU PAY FOR IT? I THINK THE FIRST QUESTION IS WHAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM? THIS IS PART OF WHAT'S GETTING US INTO THIS MESS WHERE WE SEE THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE WORKING CLASS FALL BEHIND. WE HAVE TO START WITH THE INVESTMENTS THAT ACTUALLY GIVE THE MIDDLE CLASS A CHANCE TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND GIVE REGIONS AND RACES THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND REAL ACCESS TO THAT AMERICAN DREAM AND I BELIEVE, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT WE WILL BE RUNNING AGAINST ED GILLESPIE WHOSE TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMIC POLICIES ARE WHAT WRECKED THIS ECONOMY AND ALMOST TOOK OUR COUNTRY INTO A GREAT DEPRESSION. THEY HAVE TOLD US FOR 30 YEARS THAT THE WAY TO CREATE GROWTH IS TO GIVE HUGE TAX CUTS TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE AND THE RICHEST CORPORATIONS. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS THEORY IS EVIDENCE. THEY'VE SPENT 30 YEARS PEDDLING THIS TO US, EVERY SINGLE TIME IT HASN'T CREATED GROWTH. IT'S CREATED CONSOLIDATION AT THE TOP AND THAT'S ACTUALLY AN ANTI-GROWTH STRATEGY. OUR PROPOSAL IS THE ONE IN THIS RACE THAT CREATES EVERYTHING WE NEED TO CREATE THE MIDDLE CLASS DREAM IN VIRGINIA AGAIN. I BELIEVE GROWTH COMES FROM THE DISPOSABLE INCOME FROM THE WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS. WHEN PEOPLE HAVE A LITTLE MONEY TO SPEND, WE SEE GROWTH AND THAT'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO REBUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS HERE IN VIRGINIA. >> THANK YOU. WE ARE HEADING TO OUR LAST QUESTION, GENTLEMEN, SO HERE WE GO. THIS IS FOR YOU, CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO. THE SUPREME COURT, AS YOU KNOW SET ASIDE THE CONVICTION OF FORMER GOVERNOR BOB MCDONALD ON PUBLIC CORRUPTION CHARGES AND THAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE BEHAVIOR OF POLITICIANS ELECTED TO OFFICE. I WONDER IF ELECTED, WHAT ETHICAL LIMITATIONS COULD WE EXPECT FROM YOU AS GOVERNOR AND WHAT DO YOU THINK CAN BE DONE TO DETER CORRUPTION IN RICHMOND? >> WELL, I'VE OFTEN SAID THAT THE MOST IRONIC THING IS THAT I NOW HAVE THE TITLE OF THE HONORABLE BECAUSE I WAS A FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I THINK MOST PEOPLE CONSIDER THAT A LITTLE INCONGRUENT BUT THE REALITY IS PEOPLE SHOULD BE APPALLED BY HOW WE FINANCE OUR ELECTIONS. THEY SHOULD BE APPALLED AT THE FACT THERE ARE UNLIMITED CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS INCLUDING FROM THE VERY MONOPOLIES THAT THE LEGISLATURE IS SUPPOSED TO BE KEEPING AN EYE ON. THEY SHOULD BE APPALLED IN HOW MUCH TIME WE SPEND FUNDRAISING. INSTEAD OF SPENDING MORE TIME WITH THOSE WHO MIGHT BE FACING FORECLOSURE OR FACING THE MINIMUM WAGE OR TOES THOSE WHO MAY HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS CAUGHT UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. I THINK PEOPLE GET IN POLITICS FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S A SYSTEM THAT'S BROKEN. I BELIEVE IN PUBLICLY FINANCED ELECTIONS AND WE NEED TO PUT A CAP ON THE MONEY THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL CAN GIVE SO THE POLITICIANS GET BACK TO WORKING FOR ALL THE PEOPLE AND NOT JUST THOSE THAT CAN AFFORD IT. I BELIEVE THE BROADCAST SHOULD GIVE SPECTRUMS INSTEAD OF BLUDGEONING YOU WITH 30 SECOND SPOTS THAT DO NOT EXACTLY ELEVATE THE PUBLIC DEBATE. I BELIEVE WE NEED A COMPLETE OVERHAUL AND AGAIN, VIRGINIA AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT. I BELIEVE VIRGINIA CAN BE THE FIRST STATE TO REACH 100% VOTER PARTICIPATION. THIS IS DOABLE. OREGON IS ALREADY AT 83% AND THEY DO IT CHEAPER THAN OUR SYSTEM. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO REJUVENATE OUR DEMOCRACY WHEN PEOPLE ARE SO CYNICAL ABOUT ALL OF THE POLITICAL PARTIES. SO SINCE MY TIME IN CONGRESS, WE'VE FOUGHT FOR THE DISCLOSE ACT. FOR THE FAIR ACT. WE'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THAT IN RICHMOND AND CONTINUE TO SHINE A LIGHT ON HOW WE ENSURE A NEW GENERATION OF DEMOCRACY HERE. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO ADDRESS CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. IT'S REALLY GOTTEN OUT OF HAND. VIRGINIA, AS YOU ALL KNOW IS THE WILD, WILD WEST. THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO WHAT PEOPLE CAN GIVE. SO I HAVE ACTUALLY PROPOSED A CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM PLAN WHERE CANDIDATES DON'T ACCEPT DONATIONS, CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CORPORATIONS. I HAVE ALSO PUT A LIMIT OF $10,000 ON CONTRIBUTIONS. YOU KNOW, I'VE WATCHED THIS IN HEALTH CARE. BACK WHEN I STARTED PRACTICING MEDICINE, THEY WERE TAKING DOCTORS TO TRIPS ALL OVER THE CONTINENT. AND IT WASN'T RIGHT. THE PERCEPTION OF IT WASN'T GOOD. WE HAVE EVOLVED THROUGH MEDICAL ETHICS TO NOW I DON'T EVEN TAKE A PEN. A WRITING PEN FROM A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY. SO I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA, EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A VOICE. NOT JUST CORPORATIONS. AND SO I HAVE WORKED WITH RICHMOND, WITH ETHICS REFORM AND I WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD THAT DISCUSSION AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN VIRGINIA. >> THANK YOU BOTH, GENTLEMEN, REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THAT WRAPS UP THE QUESTION PORTION OF OUR EVENING. AND NOW IT IS TIME FOR THOSE CLOSING STATEMENTS. CONGRESSMAN PERRLLO, LET'S BEGIN WITH YOU. >> VIRGINIA HAS SO MUCH GOING FOR IT. WE'VE HAD GREAT LEADERSHIP. WE HAVE GREAT INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT WE HAVE REAL CHALLENGES. AND I THINK THOSE ARE CHALLENGES THAT HIT EVERY SINGLE CORNER OF THE STATE. WE SEE THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENING OUR COASTLINE AND SEA LEVEL RISE. WE SEE AN ECONOMY THAT'S LEAVING TOO MANY BEHIND. AVERAGE LEVEL OF STUDENT DEBT HERE IN VIRGINIA IS NOW $35,000. AND THAT'S FOR THE KIDS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE GOTTEN ON A PATHWAY TO A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY. WE'VE SEEN CONSUMER DEBT GO THROUGH THE ROOF. AND WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT'S DECADES OUT OF PLACE. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO CHANGE THINGS AROUND THE MARGIN. WE NEED A NEW GENERATION OF IDEAS THAT UNDERSTANDS THE THREATS OF TOMORROW ARE NOT QUITE THE SAME AS THE ONE OF YESTERDAY. WE ARE GOING TO SEE AUTOMATION CHALLENGED JOBS ARE DOWN THE SCALE. WE'LL SEE A CONSOLIDATION WHERE IN THE 90'S, 70% OF NEW BUSINESSES WERE CREATED IN SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED TOWNS. IN THIS MOST RECENT RECOVERY, IT WAS ONLY 17% IN MEDIUM SIZED TOWNS AND 0% IN SMALL TOWNS AND COUNTIES. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO REJUVENATE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH BY LOCALIZING FOOD PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURING. WE NEED TO IF YOU GO OUT HOW TO GIVE PEOPLE SECOND CHANCES COMING OUT OF PRISON BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY INVEST IN EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM THAT HAS FEWER PEOPLE GOING INTO THE INCARCERATION IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE CAN DO THIS HERE IN VIRGINIA. WHEN WE COME TOGETHER AND HAVE BOLD IDEAS THAT ACTUALLY MATCH THE CHALLENGES OF THE TIMES. WE HAVE LEADERS WHO ARE WILLING TO SAY HERE'S HOW WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM AND MAKE THE CASE AROUND THE STATE. WE CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. I AM CONVINCED FROM MY TIME WINNING A TOUGH RACE IN ONE OF THE RED EST PARTS OF THE STATE, THERE'S A LOT MORE THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER THAN DIVIDES US. WHEN WE HAVE HONEST CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACIAL INEQUALITY AND REGIONS THAT FEEL THEY'VE BEEN LEFT BEHIND, WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND FIND THE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS THAT WE NEED IN INFRASTRUCTURE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROADS. AND IN RURAL BROADBAND IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW WE WILL TREAT MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION AS HEALTH PROBLEMS AND NOT AS CRIMINAL PROBLEMS. WE CAN DO THIS HERE IN VIRGINIA. I BELIEVE ON JUNE 13TH, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE A FIRST STEP IN A VERY POSITIVE DIRECTION. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSMAN. APPRECIATE IT. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NORTHAM, YOUR CLOSING STATEMENTS. >> THANKS TO THE AUDIENCE AND THOSE WHO ARE VIEWING FROM AFAR. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE LEARNED IN 2016 WAS THAT THESE ELECTIONS HAVE TREMENDOUS, TREMENDOUS CONSEQUENCES. AND AS WE TRAVEL AROUND VIRGINIA, THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ENTHUSIASM. AND IT'S OUR JOB TO HARNESS THAT ENTHUSIASM AND BRING IT TO THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO CONTINUE WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN WASHINGTON. SO VIRGINIA DESERVES A LEADER THAT, NUMBER ONE, KNOWS HOW TO WIN. NUMBER TWO, THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO STAND UP TO THE RECKLESSNESS AND HATRED WE'RE SEEING IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW. THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT FOR PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC VALUES. THEY ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL VIRGINIANS NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO A WORLD CLASS EDUCATION THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES THAT I HAD WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. AND FAMILIES NEED TO HAVE THE SAME TOOLS THAT PAM AND I HAVE HAD TO RAISE TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN A PEDIATRICIAN NOW FOR OVER 25 YEARS. AND AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, I HAVE LOOKED INTO AND HELD A LOT OF BABIES AND LOOKED INTO THEIR EYES. WHEN YOU LOOK INTO BABIES' EYES, YOU DON'T SEE THE HATRED AND THE BIGOTRY THAT WE SO OFTEN SEE IN OUR SOCIETY NOW. YOU SEE LOVE, AFFECTION, AND JOY, SO THIS ELECTION TO ME IS ABOUT WHAT ARE THOSE BABIES GOING TO GROW UP TO BE? ARE THEY GOING TO LIVE IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES THAT ARE INCLUSIVE WHERE PEOPLE WELCOME EACH OTHER? ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO A WORLD CLASS EDUCATION SYSTEM? ARE THESE BABIES GOING TO GROW UP TO HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY HEALTH CARE. ARE THEY GOING TO LIVE IN SAFE COMMUNITIES WHERE THERE ARE NOT GUNS ON EVERY STREET CORNER AND FINALLY, ARE THEY GOING TO LIVE IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE AIR AND THE WATER ARE CLEAN. THAT'S WHAT THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT. I HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU WILL COME TOGETHER. THE ELECTION IS ON JUNE 13TH. I WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR VOTE. LET'S GET THROUGH JUNE 13TH. WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER. AND THEN WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE NOVEMBER 7TH ELECTION. I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO REPRESENTING VIRGINIA IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. >> THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT. OUR THANKS TO THE DEMOCRATIC BUSINESS ALLIANCE, SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, GREATER HAMPTON ROADS BLACK DEMOCRATS AND FOR GREAT QUESTIONS TO OUR COLLEAGUES BRIAN COLLIGAN FROM "THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT" AND LEONARD COLVIN FROM THE "NEW JOURNAL & GUIDE." THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS ACTUALLY MONDAY. YOU WANT TO GET ON THAT. AND YOU CAN FIND OUT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW OR GET REGISTERED TO VOTE OR GET AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AT THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS' WEBSITE ELECTIONS.VIRGINIA.GOV. LONG BEFORE WE GET TO NOVEMBER, WE HAVE THE PRIMARIES COMING UP TUESDAY, JUNE 13TH. I HOPE YOU LEARN SOMETHING TONIGHT THAT WILL HELP YOU CAST AN INFORMED VOTE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US ON YOUR PUBLIC MEDIA STATION.

List of members representing the district

District created March 4, 1803.

Representative Party Term Electoral history
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Thomas M. Randolph Jr.
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1807
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1805.
Retired.
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Wilson C. Nicholas
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
November 27, 1809
Elected in 1807.
Re-elected in 1809.
Resigned.
Vacant November 28, 1809 –
January 9, 1810
David S. Garland Democratic-Republican January 10, 1810 –
March 3, 1811
Elected in December 1809 to finish Nicholas's term and seated January 17, 1810.
Retired.
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Hugh Nelson
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Elected in 1811.
Redistricted to the 22nd district.
Thomas Newton Jr. Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1823
Redistricted from the 20th district and re-elected in 1813.
Re-elected in 1815.
Re-elected in 1817.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 1st district.
William Smith Crawford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Lewis Maxwell Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Edgar C. Wilson Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
William S. Morgan Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Lewis Steenrod Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 15th district.

District eliminated March 4, 1843.

References

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present


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