Shawn Nowlin

On Monday, Oct. 21, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce presented the third and final Virginia 9th District debate between Congressman Morgan Griffith and candidate Anthony Flaccavento in the banquet hall of the Salem Civic Center.

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. Polls are open are open from 6 7 p.m. Tuesday.


(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 Roads area. What would you do to improve the situation on Interstate-81?

(Griffith) “The system works where money from the federal government from the federal gas taxes…

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