Meet the Candidates Forums

2020 DISABILITY ISSUES FORUM SERIES

Please join us throughout the year in meetings with the campaigns for President of the United States, candidates for local Congressional Districts, Virginia General Assembly seats, and members of various County boards and Local councils.  These meetings are rare opportunities to hear the candidates speak and to ask them all your questions about the future of disability services and supports in Virginia.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  They will speak in detail about their beliefs, their plans for the future of our state, and their goals to help individuals with disabilities.

 

Upcoming Forums

Saturday, September 26, 2020        Wednesday, October 7, 2020

 

Past Forums

Wednesday August 26, 2020        Thursday, September 3, 2020         Sunday September 6, 2020


 

2020 General Election Forum #1

The Campaign of Joe Biden Democratic Candidate for President of the United States

 

 

Joe Biden Campaign for President

 

Held Wednesday, August 26, 2020

 

The Arc of Northern Virginia and the Autism Society of Northern Virginia held the first of two Presidential Campaign Forums on disability policies. This first online forum featured Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey, representative for the Presidential Campaign of Joe Biden. Sen. Casey shared information on Vice President Biden’s disability platform and his experience on issues that impacted people with developmental disabilities.

 

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(Forum #2 featuring a representative of the Trump Campaign will be announced when details are finalized.).

 

This candidate forum was sponsored by:

sponsors

 

Additional Assistance Provided by:
Autistic Self Advocacy Network     ♦     Autism Society of America     ♦     The Arc of the United States
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Training Alumni Association

 

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2020 General Election Forum #2

Candidates for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, United States House of Representatives

 

candidate forum VA 11th

Held Thursday, September 3, 2020

 

This is the 2nd Candidates Forum for the 2020 General Election, and the first to present candidates for Congress. Hear from Gerry Connolly (D, incumbent)* who is running for re-election to represent Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. Congressman Connolly shares information about his work in the disability realm and answers questions about how he would implement policies and priorities important to the Developmental Disabilities community if re-elected in November 2020.

 

*NOTE: Manga Anantatmula (R, challenger) was scheduled to appear in this forum, but had to cancel due to illness. We are reaching out to her campaign, and hope to afford her the opportunity to present her positions and priorities sometime in the future.

 

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This candidate forum was sponsored by:

sponsors

 

Additional Assistance Provided by:
Autistic Self Advocacy Network     ♦     Autism Society of America     ♦     The Arc of the United States
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Training Alumni Association

 

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2020 General Election Forum #3

Candidates for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, United States House of Representatives

 

8th Congressional District Candidates Forum

Held Sunday, September 6, 2020

 

Join us to hear from Don Beyer (D, incumbent) and Jeff Jordan (R, challenger) who are vying to represent Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. The candidates will share information about their work in the disability realm and answer questions about how they would implement policies and priorities important to the DD community if elected in November 2020.

 

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This candidate forum was sponsored by:

sponsors

 

Additional Assistance Provided by:
Autistic Self Advocacy Network     ♦     Autism Society of America     ♦     The Arc of the United States
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Training Alumni Association

 

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2020 General Election Forum #4

Candidates for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, United States House of Representatives

 

10th congressional district candidate forum

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

 

A “virtual” forum, on your computer, tablet, or smartphone

Preregistration is required to attend.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/2020CongForum3

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

 

Join us to hear from Jennifer Wexton (D, incumbent) and Aliscia Andrews (R, challenger) who are vying to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. The candidates will share information about their work in the disability realm and answer questions about how they would implement policies and priorities important to the Developmental Disabilities community if elected in November 2020.

 

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This candidate forum is sponsored by:

sponsors

 

Additional Assistance Provided by:
Autistic Self Advocacy Network     ♦     Autism Society of America     ♦     The Arc of the United States
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Training Alumni Association

 

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2020 General Election Forum #5

Candidates to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States Senate

 

Senate Candidate Forum candidates

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020
12:15 to 1:45 p.m.

 

A “virtual” forum, on your computer, tablet, or smartphone

Preregistration is required to attend.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/2020CongForum4

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

 

Hear first from Mark Warner (D, incumbent) followed by Daniel Gade (R, challenger) as the two candidates compete to represent Virginia in the United States Senate. The candidates will share information about their work in the disability realm and answer questions about how they would implement policies and priorities important to the Developmental Disabilities community if elected in November 2020.

 

Note that Sen. Warner will answer questions from 12:15-1:00 p.m. followed by Mr. Gade, who will answer questions from 1:00-1:45 p.m.

 

Download the event flyer

 

This candidate forum is sponsored by:

sponsors

 

Additional Assistance Provided by:
Autistic Self Advocacy Network     ♦     Autism Society of America     ♦     The Arc of the United States
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Training Alumni Association

 

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