Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sarvis on Senate ballot, excluded from 1st debate

Va. Libertarian makes Senate ballot but blocked from debate - Bill Bartel, Virginian-Pilot:

June 26, 2014 - "Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis has earned a spot on the U.S. Senate ballot this fall, but organizers of the first debate said he’s not invited to join the two major party contenders when they face off next month.

"A Virginia State Board of Elections official said Thursday that Sarvis has been certified to be on the Nov. 4 ballot along with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

"However, the Virginia Bar Association, which is hosting the first debate July 26 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., has determined that only Warner and Gillespie will be permitted to participate....

"Sarvis, 37, encountered similar debate exclusions last year when he ran unsuccessfully for governor. He garnered 146,084 votes - 6.5 percent of those cast - compared to 47.7 percent for the winner, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and 45.2 percent for Republican challenger Ken Cuccinelli.

"Sarvis, a Fairfax County native, has been a software engineer, mobile-ap developer and lawyer. He holds degrees from Harvard University, George Mason University and NYU law school."

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