Virginia's 57th District Candidates Debate

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

October 5, 2005

Campaign 2005 is coming down to the nitty gritty now, and candidates are working to get the people's vote for Virginia's 57th District seat. They clashed over various issues in a debate at Charlottesville's City Hall tonight.

The two candidates on the ballot for Virginia's 57th District seat, a longtime Virginia legislator and City Councilor and Mayor, told the public why they are running in November's election.

"I believe that we need to give more control to people over the basic economic, political, and personal decisions that affect their lives," said Democratic Candidate David Toscano.

"I know that we can have a voice. I believe everyone needs to have a voice in the general assembly," said Republican Candidate Tom McCrystal.

Voters got to know where Republican Tom McCrystal and Democrat David Toscano stand on important issues. While conducting a friendly exchange during the debate in Charlottesville's City Hall, the candidates told voters how they could make a difference if elected.

"My focus is solving problems, getting solutions to happen, and making sure that solutions actually are working," said McCrystal.

"I'm going to have to pick and choose the issues that I am going to focus on. I think that I have pretty good focus on how I approach things," said Toscano.

The opponents met on common ground with the topics of real estate price caps and electing school board members by saying Charlottesville should be more flexible, and on 'intelligent design', saying it is not science.

However, it was opposite directions for both candidates when it came to eminent domain and transportation. Still, both candidates agree, the debate was good for voters.

"We talked about a wide variety of issues, and I think the public got a pretty good idea where we stand on these issues," said Toscano.

"I'm thrilled with how it went. I think people got to know David, and people got to know me a lot more," added McCrystal."

Election day is just 34 days away on Tuesday, November 8.

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