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Liberty University says no deal has been reached with Virginia GOP to use university-owned parking lots for convention

Liberty has been contacted, but no deal has been signed

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University is looking to set the record straight after what it’s calling a misleading report regarding the upcoming Virginia GOP convention.

While the Republican Party of Virginia has reached out to Liberty University about using university-owned parking lots for its upcoming convention, no agreement between the two parties has been signed yet, according to Liberty.

Members of the GOP Central Committee are interested in leasing some University-controlled parking lots off-campus to hold their convention, according to Liberty.

In a news release sent out Wednesday, university spokesman Scott Lamb said that Liberty has not been notified of a date change to May 8 nor has any agreement about which parking lots would be used for a convention been reached.

Lamb did say that Liberty University was contacted by a spokesperson for the GOP Central Committee to arrange a visit to the sites and to discuss plans with the understanding that many details need to be worked out for an agreement.

GOP candidates Glenn Youngkin and Senator Amanda Chase said regardless of the process, they want as many people involved as possible.

“My hope is that all republicans will come together and sign up to be delegates; and there will be a process to sign up to be a delegate, at least that’s what state central tells us,” said Youngkin.

“It is up to ‘we the people’ to choose our republican candidates for governor. I’ve been very consistent on that, no matter what process is chosen,” said Sen. Chase.

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Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.