Luray political candidates attend forum to discuss goals

Noble Horvath

LURAY, Va. (WHSV) – On Thursday night, local candidates running for election in November in the town of Luray met at the West Luray Recreation Center to inform voters of what they hope to do for the future of the town. © Provided by Harrisonburg WHSV Candidates will be asked […]

LURAY, Va. (WHSV) – On Thursday night, local candidates running for election in November in the town of Luray met at the West Luray Recreation Center to inform voters of what they hope to do for the future of the town.



a close up of a device: Candidates will be asked a total of 10 questions that were narrowed down by the community.


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Candidates will be asked a total of 10 questions that were narrowed down by the community.

Candidates for the town council and the mayor position answered several questions each that were narrowed down by the community. Each candidate had a minute and a half to answer the questions that will be asked by Alex White, moderator and local debate champion.

Audre King, the director of the W. Luray Recreation Center, said each question was not targeted toward a candidate like what’s been seen in the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

“This is all about what they intend to provide for the economics, the business development, the youth, as well as the seniors in this area,” King said. “No question nor answer will be directed or slanted at another person.”

Thursday night’s event included Jerry Dofflemyer, who is running for town mayor, and Darryl Haley, who is running as a write-in candidate for the position.

The current mayor of the town, Barry Presgraves, has said in the past he will not be running for reelection in November.

Incumbents for town council Joey Sours and Leah Pence attended the event on Thursday night. Ligon Webb, Judy Peabody and Jason Pettit, who are all running for the town council, also spoke.

King believes after events that have gone on this past summer involving the current town Mayor and racially insensitive comments, this is the right direction the town needs to move in.

“I think its an event that’s going to bring unity which is one thing that we’re promoting,” Kind said. “But also I think it’s going to change the dynamic we’re seeing in politics today because instead of the two candidates going at each other they’ll be focusing on the issues which are in Luray.”

You can watch the forum below:

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