USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page will moderate the first Virginia gubernatorial debate later this month at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, per a release from the school.
Page, a veteran journalist, has interviewed the past 10 presidents and has covered 11 U.S. presidential elections.
“Her unrivaled experience in White House coverage makes her an ideal moderator of a debate between candidates seeking the Virginia Governor’s Mansion,” the Appalachian School of Law said via press release.
Page will be joined by two panelists: political analyst Bob Holsworth and WTVR-TV anchor Candace Burns.
The debate between Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin will be held in ASL’s moot courtroom on Sept. 16 in front of a limited audience. The debate is the first scheduled debate between the candidates after both campaigns have sparred over the debate schedule.
The back-and-forth over the debate schedule led to the cancellation of multiple debates over the summer, including one scheduled to be held at the Virginia Bar Association Summer Meeting in July.