Another Friday Night Jamboree, another politician on stage

Lt. gov. candidate Ralph Northam on state at the Jamboree.
Lt. gov. candidate Ralph Northam on state at the Jamboree.
Lt. gov. candidate Ralph Northam on state at the Jamboree.

As the Kuntry Store Band, including local fiddle player, store owner and music instructor Mike Mitchell and his student/son played on stage, another politician running for state office stopped at the Friday Night Jamboree to campaign, mingle and speak briefly.

Virginia State Sen. Ralph Northam, a Norfolk pediatrician running for lt. governor as a Democrat, became the second politician for the second straight week to make the jamboree his last campaign stop during a swing through Floyd.

It has become a tradition now for statewide candidates to make the Jamboree a starting point — a practice started by Sen. Mark Warner when he was governor.  During last year’s Presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden came through Floyd on a non-Jamboree day but still visited the Country Store.

Mike Mitchell and student/son on state with Kuntry Store Band.
Mike Mitchell and student/son on state with Kuntry Store Band.
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