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Ask the Candidates: Tim Kaine and George Allen

Patch is collecting reader questions to be answered by candidates in Virginia's U.S. Senate race.

Are you concerned about the economy? What about sequestration or federal government cutbacks? Are you worried about the environment? Traffic in Northern Virginia? The cost of health care?

Now is your chance to step up to the podium and get your questions answered.

As we approach November's election, we will be asking U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine — former Virginia governors engaged in one of the closest Senate races in the country — to answer a Patch candidates' survey. The survey will be driven by questions from you.

You can submit your questions in the comments section below this article, or email them to lauren.sausser@patch.com or erica.hendry@patch.com.

The deadline to submit a question is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 24. We'll review all the submissions, pass questions along to the candidates and come back with the answers in October.

Elaine September 21, 2012 at 05:26 PM
How do you plan to protect consumers when the minimum competency from the builders/construction workers required by VA Dpor does not guarantee that the roofers know how to repair roofs or kitchen contractors don't know how design and install kitchen cabinets? From the dpor website: "DPOR issues professional credentials—licenses, certificates or registrations—in the least intrusive, least burdensome and most efficient way. Our goal is to ensure the minimum competency necessary to practice without harming the public, not to enhance professional stature or limit competition by keeping newcomers out. Policy boards determine the minimum standards necessary to enter a profession, and qualify applicants based on a combination of education, experience and examination." The homeowners have no leverage to make a contractor to finish a project or correct remidies.
Tom Hanton September 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
And local taxes......
Tom Hanton September 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Certainly you have a more intelligent question to ask?
Joe Quinn September 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I have two questions for each candidate regarding energy issues. Broadly, how do you plan to support domestic oil and energy production? And specifically, if elected, will you help push the Keystone pipeline forward immediately?
Alejandro Beltran September 25, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Senator Allen, in 1996 you were the only governor in the country who stayed true to republican principles and refused almost $7 million in federal education funds offered to Virginia through Bill Clinton's Goals 2000 initiative. As a U.S senator will you remain faithful to Jeffersonian ideals and fight against federal intrusion into state education matters through redistribution of wealth?

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