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Wittman agrees to debates with Cook

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1st congressional district voters may get two chances to see Republican Rep. Rob Wittman and Democrat Adam Cook debate.

According to the Wittman campaign, Wittman has agreed to two debates, one at each end of the district.

They’ll debate at the University of Mary Washington on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. That debate is sponsored by UMW, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Free Lance-Star.

The other debate is earlier, at Christopher Newport University on Oct. 9 at 7:30, sponsored by the Daily Press editorial board, CNU and National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

There will be a third candidate in both debates: Gail “For Rail” Parker, a perennial third-party candidate whose primary issue is increasing rail access for travelers.

Parker lives in the 8th District in Northern Virginia but also ran in the 1st in 2010; Virginia law doesn’t require a congressional candidate to live in that district.

Wittman is seeking seeking a third full term in the House of Representatives.  He was first elected in 2007 in a special election to replace the late Jo Ann Davis. Before that, Wittman served in the House of Delegates and in local government in Westmoreland County.

Cook is making his first run at elected office; he spent six years as an active-duty JAG officer in the Air Force and then worked in the Social Security Administration’s general counsel office.