Confederate monuments expected to be a factor in Va. election

By Faith Pinho

Confederate memorials have risen to a top priority for voters across Virginia. Other than at Virginia Military Institute, there are no publicly owned monuments in Lexington. But local residents are still close to the issue. Lexington is home to the graves of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. As elections approach, some voters on both sides of the issue are saying that their vote for governor will go to the man who best reflects their opinion on what to do with the monuments: Republican candidate Ed Gillespie or Democrat Ralph Northam.