On Friday, Sept. 28, The University of Virginia Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL), College Republicans at UVA, University Democrats at UVA, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will co-host a nonpartisan debate between Democratic and Republican candidates vying for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District seat in the November midterm elections. Democrat Leslie Cockburn and Republican Denver Riggleman will face off on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the Great Hall of UVA’s Garrett Hall. The debate will be moderated by CEL Director Craig Volden and Batten School professor Gerald Warburg. Due to limited space, media must RSVP to gain entry credentials.

The 5th Congressional District is of national importance in a midterm election year when control of the House is at stake. President Trump carried the district by 11 points in 2016 while Democrat Hillary Clinton won the Commonwealth by 5.3 points. Virginia has 11 House seats, four of which are currently held by Democrats and seven by Republicans. View a full description of the event.

WHAT: Virginia 5th Congressional District Debate

WHO: Leslie Cockburn (D) 
           Denver Riggleman (R) 
           Craig Volden, Center for Effective Lawmaking Director 
           Gerald Warburg, Batten School Professor of Practice of Public Policy

WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018
              6:00pm ET

WHERE: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
                Garrett Hall
                235 McCormick Ave.
                Charlottesville, VA

RSVP: Erin Tor
           Director of Communications, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy