OLF foes to get face time

Published 9:44 am Saturday, August 22, 2009

FRANKLIN—Both of the candidates running for governor have agreed to meet separately with the group Virginians Against the Outlying Landing Field.

Tony Clark, the group’s chairman, said Friday that he was contacted by campaign officials for Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell on Thursday and then again on Friday.

“They now have both agreed to meet with us,” Clark said, adding that the meetings with the candidates “were in the formative stages.”

Crystal Cameron, press secretary for the McDonnell campaign, confirmed Friday that the Republican candidate himself would meet with the VAOLF, and that the campaign was working to schedule a meeting.

“We have reached out to Mr. Clark,” Cameron said.

Deeds campaign spokesman Jarod Leopold also confirmed Friday that Deeds would meet with the VAOLF sometime in the near future.

“We’re trying to schedule something,” Leopold said. “The senator is interested with meeting with them. We’re trying to fit something in to his schedule the next time he is down that way.”

Said Clark, “I think it’s important for the candidates to take seriously the concerns of the constituents that they hope to represent. I think this is a positive step toward a meaningful dialogue on the issue.”

Virginians will go to the polls to elect a new governor on Nov. 3.