Republican Morgan Griffith
Democrat Anthony Flaccavento

Both candidates answered 17 questions during the hour-long debate. Three local journalists – WDBJ7 Senior Reporter Joe Dashiell, WSLS anchor John Carlin and WFIR reporter Gene Marrano – represented the panel. Dr. Harry Wilson, the Director for Institute for Policy & Opinion Research at Roanoke College and WDBJ7 senior political analyst, served as the debate moderator. Virginia’s 9th District consists of 18 counties and seven cities, including Salem. The purpose of the debate was to give voters another opportunity to better understand where each candidate stands on a variety of issues before they head to polls on Tuesday, November 6, to cast their vote.


(Panelist John Carlin) The topic that I think voters are most interested in this week is Interstate-81. We’ve had terrible accidents and a situation where there simply isn’t enough space for all the people who want to use this strip of the interstate. It’s been frustrating for a very long time for people who live in this area to see so much transportation money diverted to northern Virginia and the Hampton…

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