Washington Post: Bar association refuses to include Libertarian attorney in VA gubernatorial debate

On July 21, the Washington Post reported on Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra’s campaign for governor of Virginia. From the article:

“Cliff Hyra will be on the ballot in November but won’t be on the stage Saturday [July 22] when his two rivals in the Virginia governor’s race square off in their first debate.

“Hyra, the Libertarian Party candidate, met the state’s daunting hurdle for ballot access, collecting 10,000 signatures from across Virginia for the right to be listed on Election Day along with Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam.

“But he did not meet the Virginia Bar Association’s criteria for an invite to Saturday’s debate in Hot Springs. The bar association opened the event only to ‘significant’ candidates with ‘a reasonable chance of being elected’ — and concluded Hyra does not meet that definition.

“A 34-year-old suburban Richmond patent attorney making his first bid for elective office, Hyra has politely and fruitlessly urged the bar association to reconsider. He has no plans to schlep to Hot Springs to protest or to take the seat the bar offered him in the VIP area at the 90-minute debate, which will be moderated by Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour.

“He intends to watch the debate remotely. Later in the afternoon, he will meet voters in Richmond’s bustling Carytown shopping district.”

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