Incumbent 9th District Del. Charles Poindexter is running unopposed in the Nov. 5 election with a focus on growing the economy by keeping taxes low and eliminating unneeded regulations.
Incumbent 9th District Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, announced Monday that he will seek re-election in the November election.
Poindexter has served in the House of Delegates for six years. The 9th District includes Patrick County, most of Franklin County and western Henry County.
In a state Capitol more divided by partisanship each passing year, some of the deepest rifts are over place, not party. Consider a spat between urban and rural legislators Wednesday over the longest stretch of highway in Virginia.
Del. Charles Poindexter from Glade Hill in scenic Franklin County engaged the regional rift full-on when he sought the Senate Finance Committee's blessing for funding to widen and modernize a serpentine stretch of the more than 500-mile-long route.
Widening the eight-mile Lover’s Leap section of U.S. 58 in Patrick County to four lanes is prioritized under a bill approved by the state House of Delegates this week, according to the lawmaker who sponsored it.
House Bill 1953, sponsored by Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, was approved in a 69-31 vote.
The House of Delegates voted 69-31 Tuesday to allocate more money to the development of the U.S. Route 58 Corridor.
Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, the bill’s sponsor, said in January that the legislation was one of his top priorities for the spring 2013 session. He has been working on securing funding for different parts of the Route 58 project since he was elected in 2007.
Twenty-four years ago, the General Assembly approved the U.S. 58 Corridor Development Program to widen and straighten the 680-mile highway that runs from Virginia’s eastern coast to its western mountains.
Today, more than 300 miles of the highway await improvements.
“It has been on our Six-Year Transportation Plan and our Legislative Agenda forever,” Henry County Administrator Tim Hall said.
Memorial Hospital in Martinsville is seeing more patients on Medicaid due to the area’s economic troubles, according to hospital CEO Skip Philips.
That is one of many things that Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, found out about the hospital while touring it Wednesday afternoon.