Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) will host a series of town halls in Southside Virginia next week about electric rates.
Cuccinelli plans a second set in Southwest Virginia in April.
The town halls are part of his official duties: As attorney general, Cuccinelli represents citizens in electric rate cases, including those against Appalachian Power. But there’s no mistaking the timing. Cuccinelli announced he was running for governor in December, and said he would begin ramping up his campaign after the legislative session ended.
Cuccinelli will discuss what factors drive the prices that consumers pay for electricity in Lynchburg, Roanoke and Martinsville in March and in Gate City, Abingdon, Tazewell, Pulaski and Christiansburg in April.
“Over the last few years, the issue of electricity rates has generated a great deal of discussion in Southwest Virginia,” Cuccinelli said in a statement. “I represent consumers' interests in the rate cases, so I feel an obligation to make sure my clients are fully informed as to what happened and why. As they did in 2010, these town halls allow me to explain the cases to my clients and answer the questions and concerns they have about the process.”
Cuccinelli’s office even invited former House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, who almost completely centered his unsuccessful re-election campaign last year on curbing Appalachian Power’s electric rates.
“He quickly figured there there is a huge part of this state not happy with electric rates,’’ said Armstrong (D), who is also contemplating a statewide run next year. “We love for anybody and everybody to join the fight.”
Cuccinelli held a pair of town halls in 2010 in Abingdon and Rocky Mount.
Cuccinelli faces Lt. Gov.
Bill Bolling(R) in what is expected to a contentious - and expensive - primary fight in 2013.