House hopefuls outline their strong points
Jones, fellow GOP hopefuls Sherwood Bowditch, Ken Gibson and Keith Hodges, along with Democratic nominee Andrew Shoukas, were addressing potential voters at the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce forum for the 98th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
About 70-80 spectators filled the gallery space to hear from the candidates, less than two weeks before voters go to the polls on Aug. 23 in a Republican primary that will narrow the field to two candidates.
In issues ranging from education and the state budget to job creation, the four Republican candidates tended to agree on most of the same points—giving voters, as Jones put it, a "hard decision" to make on Aug. 23. But the candidates also offered up subtle differences, in policy ideas, background and experience, in an effort to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.