Deputy Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison has issued the following statement concerning upcoming debates in the campaign for the Republican nomination for Lynchburg’s Commonwealth’s Attorney:

I have been blessed with an outpouring of community support for my campaign along with many requests for appearances.  With so many requests in the condensed timeframe before the June 13 primary, my schedule is quite full.  I regret that due to a previously scheduled engagement I cannot attend the Lynchburg Republican City Committee’s (LRCC) debate on May 1, 2017.

This debate was organized by the chairman of the LRCC without consultation with our campaign about my availability. When I was notified of the LRCC debate I informed the chairman I already had an event scheduled on May 1st  and that I could not attend if the debate were held that evening. In spite of my making it known I could not be there on May 1st, the debate was scheduled for May 1st anyway. I honor my commitments. I must honor my prior commitment on May 1st, and therefore I cannot attend the LRCC debate.

I am aware that my opponent has used this conflict in my schedule as an opportunity to issue misleading statements about my willingness to debate and about my campaign in general.  I welcome the opportunity to meet my opponent in a debate and afford the voters the chance to see the contrast in our experience and qualifications for this office.  To that end I have accepted an invitation to the Young Professionals of Central Virginia Candidates Forum on May 16th at the LU Law School Supreme Courtroom at 7 p.m.

I am excited for any opportunity to discuss my conservative values, my passion for fighting for crime victims and my vision for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office with each and every one of you. Thank you so much for your continued support and enthusiasm for ensuring qualified and experienced leadership is maintained in the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.