Va. governor candidates Northam and Gillespie offer different opinions on confederate monuments

Va. governor candidates Northam and Gillespie offer different opinions on confederate monuments

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two of the candidates for Virginia governor, Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie, have released statements following the chaos in Charlottesville on their stances for removal of the monuments.

Northam says he is in favor of moving the statues to museums and erecting monuments to other civil rights advocates:

I support City of Charlottesville's decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue. I believe these statutes should be taken down and moved into museums. As governor, I am going to be a vocal advocate for that approach and work with localities on this issue.

Gillespie is against removing the monuments, as they show Virginia's history "mostly for the better, but at times for the worse":

I believe that decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but they should stay and be placed in historical context. These are legitimate differences, and I know Virginians are engaging in an ongoing, thoughtful conversation about these sensitive issues, one marked by respect and understanding.

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