Newport News General Assembly candidates debate after winner drawn from bowl in 2018

Posted at 5:59 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 18:00:11-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Newport News General Assembly candidates Shelly Simonds and David Yancey faced off in a debate at Christopher Newport University Wednesday evening.

Left: Shelly Simonds, Right: David Yancey

In 2017, the race for the 94th District seat was tied. In January 2018, Yancey’s name was drawn from a bowl that allowed Republicans to continue to control the House of Delegates.

This year, the two face each other again.

Simonds, a Democrat, serves on the Newport News School Board and is a former teacher and journalist. Yancey, a Republican, is a Newport News native who worked in a family business and started a fishing business in 2009.

If you missed the debate, you can watch it above courtesy of CNU’s Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy.

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