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Legislators face advocates as gun bills move forward

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.”

VaNews January 21, 2020

Rural Virginia Democrats once backed by NRA feel the pressure from gun rights groups

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews January 13, 2020

Edwards, Stanley re-elected to Senate

By NEIL HARVEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 6, 2019

Last Democrat in the Va. legislature endorsed by the NRA says he now backs gun control

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

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.

VaNews June 17, 2019

Steven Nelson to challenge Sen. John Edwards; Darlene Lewis enters race against Del. Joe McNamara

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews June 13, 2019

Bills defeated to ban guns at council meetings, prohibit open carry of loaded long guns in Roanoke

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews January 18, 2019

Suetterlein breezes to victory in 19th District

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 4, 2015

Two newcomers seek 19th District senate seat

By STAFF REPORT, Franklin News-Post

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.

VaNews November 2, 2015

Hamlar, Suetterlein differ sharply on gun control issues in Senate race

By ALICIA PETSKA, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 16, 2015

19th District race: Nelson says Trump learned from him

By ALICIA PETSKA, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

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.

VaNews September 7, 2015