Transportation, Economy Top Issues At Chamber Forum

By Erika Jacobson Moore Source: Courtesy of Leesburg Today

Eight candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates squared off this morning, taking on familiar topics during the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum. As they have in all recent elections in Virginia, transportation and the economy topped the list of issues, and priorities, for each candidate.

Fielding questions from a three-person Chamber panel, candidates were pushed to answer how they would deal with the continued economic decline, how they would prioritize much needed changes to the state budget, transportation funding, energy resources for Northern Virginia and continue to improve business in the region.

With few barbs exchanged between opponents in the 13th, 32nd, 67th and 86th House of Delegates districts, there were many points on which the candidates agreed, notably the need for a change to the local composite index to see that Northern Virginia receives more of the tax money it sends down to Richmond back in its communities.