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Farmville, LU officials plan debate-prep trip

Members of the Farmville Town Council and Longwood University representatives are set to visit Danville, Ky., to learn more about hosting a vice presidential debate.

Centre College, located in Danville, hosted the vice presidential debate in 2012 and 2000. Longwood will host the 2016 debate in October.

Farmville Town Manager Gerald Spates said a town and university delegation plans to visit Danville sometime after January.

Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, described Centre’s 2012 debate as “superb.”

According to Spates, Farmville resident Ron White is going to fly the visiting Longwood and town officials in a private jet to Danville.

Farmville officials “have kindly invited a few folks from Longwood to join them” on the fact-finding visit, said Justin Pope, chief of staff to Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV.

“We have been speaking with Centre on regular occasions going back to when we first considered applying, and they have been very helpful in sharing advice, so we are pleased to accept the town’s kind invitation to join them on this visit.”

According to town council member Donald Hunter, he along with fellow council members Jamie Davis and vice-mayor A.D. “Chuckie” Reed were appointed to a special committee to make the trip to Kentucky.

Hunter said since Kentucky was one of the last localities to host the vice presidential debate, the group would be visiting Danville as a reference to see what type of work needs to be done in preparation for the upcoming event.

The debate will take place in Willett Hall on Longwood’s campus on Oct. 4.