The Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce presented a forum for 3rd District Congressional candidates on October 19, 2016.
Congressman Bobby Scott (D) and challenger Marty Williams(R) were in attendance to compete for the redrawn 3rd Congressional district which includes northern sections of Chesapeake and Suffolk, the southern portion of Norfolk and part of Hampton, as well as all of Portsmouth, Newport News, Franklin and Isle of Wight County
Each candidate was allowed 5 minutes for opening, 3 minutes for closing statements and 2 minutes for questions.
Candidates were asked their thoughts on Syria. Both agreed that we needed to work with our allies. Congressman Scott added that embargos don’t work unless you have everyone involved.
In regards to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Williams is in support of the pipeline and believes it will enhance the electric reliability in the region and would reduce the possibility of outages due to lack of fuel or adverse weather conditions.
Congressman Scott said that although gas is cheaper, he is concerned about fracking and the environmental impact.
Candidates were also asked what their plans were for reversing the trend of Navy ships being relocated to the West Coast or overseas.
Williams supports a strong military force and said that he will work to upgrade our forces, providing them the support that they need to defend our shores. Williams said “We need to work together, expand the military and take politics off the table”.
Congressman Scott said that shipbuilding and our shipbuilders are the backbone of America's Navy and vital to our national security. He commended Congressman Forbes’ efforts on funding for the Navy’s readiness and maintenance needs and added that we need to have a sufficient budget to ensure that the shipbuilding industry has the necessary funding and support to continue building and maintaining the most advanced ships in the world.
With regard to education, Williams stated that the education system needs to return power to the state, taking it away from Washington. He believes that the state and localities know what is best for their students.
Congressman Scott believes that that strong investment in education is one of the most important ways in which we can help keep America’s workforce and economy strong for future generations.
(Pictured: Chairman Marty Williams (R) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D))