I strongly support Atif Qarni for this nomination (the primary is on June 9; don’t forget to vote!), but I honestly think that all three candidates did fine in this debate. The main differences between the candidates, I’d say, are on: 1) electability (I’d argue that the teacher and former U.S. Marine – Atif Qarni – who lives in Manassas would be the best Democratic candidate/best bio of these three to take on Republican Hal Parrish in the general election); and 2) their main areas of emphasis (Qarni’s is clearly education and on putting a teacher in the State Senate). Finally, great job by Potomac Local in hosting this debate and making the video available for all of us to watch – thanks!
P.S. I’d add that on ethics reform, Atif Qarni had the strongest answer (no gifts whatsoever for members of the General Assembly), Jeremy McPike second (the problem being his own ethics “issues” that Hal Parrish and the Republicans will certainly remind voters about if McPike is the nominee), and Michael Futrell third (not even sure he answered the question the first shot at it).