From contributed reports
Two of the three candidates for the 7th District congressional seat will speak at a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Tuckahoe Public Library, 1901 Starling Drive, off Parham Road in Henrico County.
Appearing at the forum will be Independent candidate Floyd Bayne of Chesterfield County and Democratic candidate Rick Waugh of Louisa County.
The Tuckahoe forum is the only remaining scheduled opportunity before the Nov. 2 election for the public to hear or question the Seventh District candidates. Sponsors of the forum are the League of Women Voters of the Richmond Metropolitan Area and the Richmond First Club.
Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, the incumbent, was invited to participate in the forum but declined.
Lou Dean, a well-known radio broadcaster in the Richmond area and announcer at WRVA for 43 years, will serve as moderator of the forum, assisted by Ken Wilson. Dean is a former president of the Richmond First Club.
Waugh, 36, has a B.A. degree in criminal justice and a B.S. in psychology from Radford University. He has worked as a social services counselor for children, families, the elderly and veterans in both the public and private sector. Waugh’s career-Navy father and family lived at numerous bases, finally settling in Virginia. Waugh lives in Louisa with his wife and her two daughters. Waugh’s stepson returned last year from military service in Iraq.
Waugh founded H.O.P.E. Mentoring Services, a business that provided counseling services for at-risk youth and their families. Waugh has been active in Democratic politics and was honored by the Democratic Party of Virginia for his work in the Obama presidential campaign.
Earlier this week, Waugh announced endorsements by State Sen. Donald McEachin, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former Delegate Fergie Reid, the AFL-CIO; local, state, and national chapters of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Virginia Partisans, and Piper Martin of The Reading Window School.
Bayne, 53, is running as an Independent. He is a native of Richmond and attended John F. Kennedy High School. He is now a full-time student attending Mary Baldwin College’s adult degree program where he is majoring in political science.
The father of two, Bayne worked with his father who owned Bayne’s Foods and Gene’s Supermarket in the South Richmond area. He is receiving support from members of the Tea Party and has been endorsed by the American Conservative Party. Four years ago he ran for the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors in the Clover Hill District.
The Richmond League of Women Voters and Richmond First Club were among sponsors last fall of a WCVE radio broadcast forum for area candidates for the House of Delegates.