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District 2 race for Board of Supervisors featured in second ‘debate’
By Randy Arrington, publisher
LURAY, Sept. 27 — Today, Page Valley News is publishing the second of four planned “debates” among candidates in contested races in Page County on its new YouTube channel. This debate focuses on the race for the District 2 seat on the Page County Board of Supervisors. However, only independent candidate Paula Kibler showed up for the Sept. 20 recording at Laurel Ridge’s Jenkins Hall in Luray one week ago.
Allen Louderback, the incumbent, declined our invitation.
“Thank you for the invitation to the PVN forum. I appreciate it, however, I will not be participating,” Louderback responded in a Sept. 10 email.
Below are direct answers to tough questions delivered by Kibler in-person during the recording of this “debate turned interview” from the conference room on the second floor of Jenkins Hall. The discussion flows from her introduction to public life by her grandfather in Shenandoah, to plans for building a new visitors center along Route 211.
Our third debate will focus on the four-way race for Clerk of the Page County Circuit Court. It features more than one candidate and will air next Wednesday, Oct. 4. The race for Sheriff of Page County will follow and air on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
It’s up to each individual voter, as to how much weight they will place on a candidate’s decision to not participate in these debates, or the decision to not participate in the Sept. 7 public forum held at Trackside Theater, or both…and we know a lot of people are considering these factors.
We firmly believe that candidates for public office should be subject to public questioning about their intentions, their agendas and their motivations for seeking public office.
Those who run from that opportunity, simply generate more questions than answers.
Our YouTube channel only has a few videos at this time, but we intend to grow the offerings in the near future — launching first with this four-part “debate” series covering the 2023 election in Page County.
You can reach our YouTube channel by clicking the YouTube icon in the upper right of the Home page, and then please remember to hit the “Subscribe” button on our YouTube channel.