February 25, 2024

UMW To Host 1st Congressional District Debate, Oct. 6

A third candidate has joined the 1st Congressional District Debate to be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.   Gail Parker Rob Wittman Norm Mosher Independent candidate Gail Parker will debate incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Wittman and Democratic challenger Norm Mosher. The 1st District includes more than 15 counties and includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and the city of Fredericksburg. The event is free and open to the public. Parker, a retired officer of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has spent 34 years as a U.S. civil servant. She has been involved with numerous organizations including the Fairfax Federation of Citizen’s Associations, Washington Region Council of Governments Transportation Committee and Federally Employed Women. Wittman, a resident of Montross, has held the seat since 2007. He co-chairs the House Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the House of Delegates for the Northern Neck. A former captain of the U.S. Navy, Mosher is a resident of Irvington. He served on the Irvington Town Council and as chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee. Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate the program. Panelists will be Chelyen Davis, assistant editorial page editor at The Free Lance-Star, and Ted Schubel, news director for B101.5 and WFVA’s News Talk 1230. The debate is co-sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce; The Free Lance-Star; UMW’s Young Democrats; UMW’s College Republicans; The Blue and Gray Press; and the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. For more information about the debate, contact Stephen Farnsworth at sfarnswo@umw.edu. Additional information on each candidate can be found on their respective websites: www.robwittman.com, www.normmosher.com and www.gailparker.us.