Boys State begins in Radford with visit from lieutenant governor

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) About 800 students are creating their own government this week at Radford University.

It's all pretend, but helps the American Legion Boys State participants learn about government and leadership.

Actual lawmakers typically make an appearance this week.

Monday, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, the democratic nominee for governor, stopped by to talk about the workforce and explain his career as a politician and doctor.

"This is our future, our future leaders and so I think it's good for them to see that the folks that are in Richmond now making policy," Northam said.

This is the 75th session of Boys State and the fifth year Radford University has hosted the event.

Other lawmakers are scheduled to visit the group later this week.