Candidates for the 88th District of the Virginia House of Delegates will participate in a debate at the University of Mary Washington at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Lee Hall, Room 411.
The debate is free and open to the public.
The debate will present Republican Del. Mark Cole, who has held the seat since 2001, and Democratic challenger Kathleen O’Halloran. The 88th District includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties and the city of Fredericksburg.
O’Halloran, who was raised in Brooklyn, came to Virginia in 1978 and held multiple civil service jobs before retiring in 2011 in Fredericksburg.
A former member of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, Cole worked for many years as a defense contractor before coming to work for SpotsylvaniaCounty as Deputy County Administrator.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate the program. The candidates will be questioned by Chelyen Davis, state government and politics reporter for the Free Lance-Star, Town Talk radio host Ted Schubel and Farnsworth. The debate is co-sponsored by the Legislation Action Committee of UMW’s Student Government Association; the UMW chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies and The Free Lance-Star.