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Democratic gubernatorial candidates sparred over corporate handouts and the economy in a debate ahead of the June 8 primary.
Five candidates will be on the Democratic ballot in June. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is far ahead in the polls, but he faces challenges from Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Manassas state Del. Lee Carter, Richmond state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and former state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, from Woodbridge.
“Our economic development model has been relying on giving your money, the public money, to massive out-of-state corporations and telling them, ‘We need you to come here,’ and, ‘Pretty please, Mr. Billionaire, won’t you give us some jobs,’ and it hasn’t worked,” said Carter, a self-proclaimed socialist.
Carter said he is the only candidate who will stop corporate bailouts, which he believes have caused unaffordability problems in northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond while failing to provide opportunities in other parts of the state. He said he would take the money given to corporations and use it to fund startup capital for local businesses that Virginians own and operate.
The delegate criticized the deal with Amazon, which provides the company with hundreds of millions of dollars contingent on creating jobs. The bid was written by McAuliffe and gained support from most members of both parties.
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