Voters in Virginia’s 19th House District on Tuesday decided to send Terry Austin to Richmond, marking the first time in more than half a century that they will have new representation.
Republican Austin handily won the district, having captured 70 percent of the vote with all but a few small precincts left to report.
Two veteran campaigners with very different track records are running to replace a giant in Virginia’s 19th House of Delegates district.
Republican Terry Austin of Buchanan decided to run for the House after serving 16 years on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Austin said about securing the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates district. He made a particularly strong showing in Botetourt County.
Austin is a Botetourt native — he’s lived his entire life in Buchanan — and has run Austin Electrical Construction for 35 years.
Bedford County businessman Lewis Medlin announced Tuesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 19th District in the House of Delegates.
Medlin hopes to fill the seat that will soon be left vacant when Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, retires after more than 50 years in the legislature.
A veteran Botetourt County supervisor won the Republican nomination for state delegate for the 19th district, one of the most conservative in the state.
Terry Austin won the party’s nod as its man to succeed Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, a conservative stalwart who is retiring after more than a half- century in the state legislature.
Botetourt County is looming large in the race to choose the Republican candidate to succeed Del. Lacey Putney, the independent from Bedford who has been a conservative stalwart in the Virginia House of Delegates for more than a half century.
Four men, two from Botetourt and one who grew up in the county, are bidding for the party’s nod in a firehouse primary Tuesday evening.
Three of the four 19th District House of Delegates candidates who showed up at a Botetourt County forum for GOP hopefuls on Thursday objected to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation package as a major tax increase, but said the state needs to expand U.S. 220 through the county.
Zachary Hatcher, an Eagle Rock businessman and pastor, Bedford businessman Zach Martin and Moneta business owner Jim McKelvey all said they would vote to overturn McDonnell’s transportation package if elected.
The campaign to succeed the state legislature’s longest serving member took a sharply anti-Washington tone at the first of two candidate forums for the men seeking the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates District seat.
Asked for their visions for Virginia in 20 years’ time, two of the candidates, Jim McKelvey and Zachary Hatcher, said they wanted to push to repeal the amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring direct election of U.S. Senators.
The number of Republicans seeking to replace Del. Lacey Putney in the House of Delegates dropped to four Monday when Jim Crosby of Botetourt County withdrew from the party’s May 7 firehouse primary.
Crosby endorsed another candidate in the field, Bedford County businessman Jim McKelvey.
Bedford pastor Joshua Ball, 25, is running for the 19th District House of Delegates seat long held by Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford.
Ball, lead pastor of Generation Revival Ministries, is seeking the nomination of the Constitution Party.