CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- On Monday, Indivisible Charlottesville hosted an ice cream social and debate with the three democratic candidates for lieutenant governor.
This is the first time that candidates Susan Platt, Justin Fairfax, and Gene Rossi have met in Charlottesville.
Each candidate spoke to the crowd about a variety of topics, including what they believe sets them apart as a candidate. Rossi says his passion for Medicare makes him the best candidate.
"I believe we need to put more money towards Medicare. We have $8 to $10 billion could help millions of people out across the country," he said.
Platt says her experience as the chief of staff for former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will set her apart.
"That job instilled in me the importance of family, and how we can get things done across the aisle. I will stand up for what I believe in and can work with others at the same time," she said.
Justin Fairfax says he is confident in his run based on his experience in campaigning, and that he is willing to go the extra mile.
"I've already traveled over 3,500 miles across the state, we've been endorsed by over 100 elected officials. Everything is earned, and I think I will earn the vote both on June 13 and also in November," he said.
Since the ice cream social was held on Memorial Day, each candidate spoke at length about their love for the U.S. Armed Forces, and especially for the men and women who died serving the country.
Each candidate also shared what they would do to help the troops if elected. Fairfax says that he would start with helping the troops coming home from war.
"We have too many military families who are on food stamps or really can't afford to climb up the economic ladder. That's something that can't happen for people who have given the ultimate sacrifice," he said.
Platt says that she would honor troops by taking down the symbols of the Confederacy. She says that those symbols promote hate and a time in which the country wasn't proud.
"We should be celebrating the people who won the war against slavery, and that's why we should be removing the Confederate monuments, names, buildings, and roads. Really anything to take away those signs of hate," she said.
Rossi says that his plan for Medicaid will help military members.
"I would try to expand Medicaid, and provide medical services for those who aren't able to get it, and those who aren't being treated fairly by the veteran's administration," he said.
The social lasted about two hours.