Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Local election coverage

STYLE Weekly teamed up with the League of Women Voters to sponsor three mayoral debates/forums this election year.

That same periodical/web site, which already deserves kudos for that role in this year's Richmond mayoral race, is also covering the story tonight, perhaps like no other news gathering outfit in town. With the local polls closing at 7 p.m., click here to keep up with its online coverage.

Click here to read John Moeser's advice to the next mayor of Richmond. (Note: Moeser is professor emeritus of urban studies and planning at VCU and senior fellow at the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond.)

What occurs to me now is that it's a shame there weren't mayoral debates on television this fall. Perhaps, it would have helped some candidates more than others.

With the national campaigns commanding such unprecedented attention -- sucking all the oxygen out of the room -- it would have helped the process of selecting a mayor a lot.

If they didn't want to organize a debate, themselves, why didn't a local TV station simply cover one of the forums organized by STYLE and the League?

The information below was provided by Jason Roop, editor at STYLE:

While the results roll in Tuesday, Nov. 4, Style Weekly's news team will bring you online coverage of the results, victory parties and political fallout. Our reporters and photographers will be fanning out across the city to capture the local scenes you won’t get on MSNBC.

Plus, keep your radio tuned to 1140 WRVA for local election updates on the quarter-hour, including occasional interviews with Style’s news team. And visit RVANews.com for local commentary from Richmond ’s bloggers, including election news updates from Style.

Visit StyleWeekly.com for the inside story of Election Night in Richmond.

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