Debates at Old Town Hall have a long history in our community. I have been attending them since I was a child and my Dad was running for Fairfax City Council. It is traditional for Delegates and Senators to schedule one. Delegate Jack Rust and I had one in 2001, when I was the Democratic challenger. It was a contest I won’t soon forget, as he was an excellent debater.
The debate last night had been set for over a month. The City Republican and City Democratic Committees were joint sponsors. Both campaigns had it scheduled and Old Town Hall was reserved.
Last week, the Devolites-Davis campaign asked for a ban on recording devices. Of course, we refused. This is a public debate for a public office. Recording debate statements is standard, especially when candidates have a tendency to stray from the truth in their remarks.
I found out over the weekend that the Devolites-Davis campaign would not appear. It was too late to cancel the event so we had a Town Hall instead with 100+ people. They deserved better.