Editorial: Questions We’d Like Candidates for Governor to Answer, But They Probably Won’t

The two leading candidates for Governor of Virginia, shown here estimating the length of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, among other things.

[Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new question submissions.]

SOMEWHERE IN THE OLD DOMINION, July 5 — Despite a lack of preparation on the part of everyone except for those with an unhealthy obsession with politics, Virginia is only four months away from determining its next Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. As of press time, the two leading candidates for Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin, have agreed to at least one debate, but the time, date, and battlefield location are yet to be determined.

Scoutlight is proud of our (one-week) long history of translating tough political questions into real-world terms. As such, we’ve collected a number of questions submitted by you, the readers, about the 2021 Virginia General Election and answered those which are purely about the electoral process. Questions directed towards the candidates will be submitted to their campaigns for use in the gubernatorial debates (provided that both candidates eventually agree on terms for those debates).

For ease of reading, we’ve organized these questions into questions for both candidates, questions for each individual candidate, and overall questions about the election.


  1. Already? — Yes.


  1. Why do you feel the need to run for Governor again?


  1. Who are you, again?


  1. What is your plan to define the boundaries of “Northern Virginia” once and for all?

We want to hear from you! If you have more questions that you’d like the gubernatorial candidates to answer (or questions for those running for the irrelevant statewide positions), submit them to Scoutlight Editor-in-Chief @briecsontos on Instagram by sliding into her DMs.