NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Two gubernatorial candidates made appearances at a jobs summit in Norfolk Tuesday.
Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe addressed the inaugural Let's Grow: The 2013 Jobs Summit, which began at noon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
The candidates are in the midst of an ethics debate surrounding the governors office, and 10 On Your Side's Stephanie Harris met with them both to talk about ethics and priorities.
Current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli -- recently in the media spotlight for accepting thousands of dollars in gifts -- has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to reform the states laws regarding gifts to politicians.
"I think the first step the Attorney General ought to do is return the gifts," McAuliffe said to WAVY.com. "One of the first acts as Governor, I'll ask the General Assembly to do a $100 gift ban. If they don't do it, I'll do an executive order as it relates to myself and my family immediately."
"Well, I don't have anything to return," Cuccinelli told WAVY.com. "And on the other side of this election you have the guy who rented the Lincoln Bedroom, who proudly sold seats on Air Force One, who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a teamsters union election fraud case, and who loaned the President of the United States over a million dollars to buy a house in New York so his wife could run for the senate."
As for their top priorities, McAuliffe said his is transportation -- adding lanes to I-64 and Route 58, which he says will allow goods to get from Virginia's ports to the people and attract business. He wants to reform the Standards of Learning (SOL), and expand Medicaid.
Cuccinelli said his top priority is to accelerate job creation, especially by expanding the pipeline out of the military and into the workforce. He supports school choice and is against Medicaid expansion.
Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis was not invited to the Norfolk summit Tuesday, spokesman John Vaught LaBeaume told WAVY News' Rachel West. LaBeaume provided the following statement on jobs:
Robert Sarvis offers voters a vision of a Virginia that is "Open-minded and Open for Business."
A Sarvis administration would greatly expand the job-creating environment in Virginia by championing open and competitive markets that reward value-creation. Sarvis believes in removing laws, regulations, and tax rules that privilege particular industries or protect market incumbents from competition. Virginia should have free entry into markets by entrepreneurs, an even playing field for businesses of all sizes, and low taxes that apply equally and equitably to all.
As governor, Robert Sarvis would work to veto or repeal legislation designed protect companies already in the marketplace from competition from job-producing start-ups. He would also work to eliminate many business taxes that kill jobs and reduce economic activity. He would also reduce or eliminate the income tax, jumpstarting job-creation and boosting workers' take-home pay.
But crucial to the Robert Sarvis vision of a Virginia that's "Open for Business," is a Virginia that's "Open-minded," too. A Virginia that welcomes entrepreneurs and innovators from any background—including immigrants and people of any sexual orientation—to join and help grow Virginia's economy.
This stands in sharp contrast to Terry McAuliffe, who wants to pick which of his closed-circle of insider friends are winners in Virginia's economy, and Ken Cuccinelli, who insists on prosecuting a closed-minded social agenda that will scare off the "ideas economy" innovators who would otherwise invest here and hire more Virginians.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com at least three city school buses ran substantially late Wednesday afternoon, delivering children home several hours after dismissal.
Plans to enhance a popular park in Smithfield are on hold. Some people say City Council is trying to commercialize a natural and historic treasure, and leave them out of the loop.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
Hampton Fire units arrived at the scene of a residential fire in the 3800 block of Shell Road just after 6 p.m.
A police standoff at a Newport News home turned deadly Wednesday evening.