Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, sat in his office with the door open as gun rights advocates wandered through the hallways.
“Everybody has been very polite,” Edwards said. “We’ve had plenty of productive conversations. I wish there was a little less misinformation and hyperbole, because I spent quite a bit of time addressing that.”
Several months after a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, a bill to require background checks on all firearm purchases at gun shows didn’t make it out of a committee in the Virginia State Senate. Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, cast a vote against it.
Two longtime Senate incumbents — one Democrat, the other Republican — fended off upstart challenges from independent candidates Tuesday and will retain their seats in the Virginia General Assembly.
Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, is the only Democratic lawmaker in the General Assembly who was endorsed by the NRA during his last election....He says he can’t anymore. Over his past four years in office he quietly shifted from either not voting on or opposing most gun control legislation that came his way to backing the entire slate of proposals put forward by Gov. Ralph Northam this year, including the one-hand-gun-a-month law he helped overturn.
A first-time political candidate and a man making his second run for public office have entered General Assembly races in the Roanoke Valley.
Steven Nelson is running as an independent against Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, who is seeking a seventh term. Nelson, 64, said it was his “civic duty” to challenge Edwards, who he said has been in office for too long.
Roanoke’s city council will remain unable to ban guns and ammunition from its chambers during meetings.
A bill proposed by state Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, quickly died in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday.
The party-line vote was 8-6 with Republicans in the majority.
Longtime politico and first-time candidate David Suetterlein breezed to victory Tuesday in the state Senate’s heavily Republican 19th District.
Suetterlein bested Democrat and political newcomer Mike Hamlar by a more than 2-to-1 margin to succeed retiring Sen. Ralph Smith. Suetterlein was Smith’s legislative director for several years and also was chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Committee.
Mike Hamlar and David Suetterlein are vying for the Virginia Senate seat left vacant by the Ralph Smith of Roanoke.
Hamlar describes himself as a Libertarian who will fight for Southwest Virginia’s share of educational funding.
... Suetterlein, the Republican nominee in 19th District, is running for the seat currently held by his boss, Sen. Ralph Smith.
Candidates vying for the 19th District Senate seat staked out their positions on gun control Thursday during a forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Salem.
The three contenders were asked to weigh in on banning assault rifles, creating a five-day waiting period for gun buys and requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including gifts.
Steven Nelson didn’t mince words.
Environmental worries about hydraulic fracking? That’s a “Bovine scatology” argument. Coal subsidies? Put him down for a big yes. Wind and solar? That’s fine, but no subsidies for them.