Del. Kathy Byron, whose abortion-related legislation provided fuel to the campaigns of Democratic candidates in other parts of Virginia this fall, easily won re-election Tuesday in the 22nd House District.
After sponsoring a bill that required women seeking an abortion to receive a transvaginal ultrasound, Del. Kathy Byron is facing her first challenge in more than a decade.
Katie Webb Cyphert, a Democrat who lives in Lynchburg and works as a middle school teacher there, has mounted a campaign in the state’s 22nd House of Delegates District based around the idea that she would try to keep legislators out of family issues.
In the race for the 22nd District seat in the House of Delegates, Republican incumbent Kathy J. Byron is facing a challenge from Democrat Katherine Webb Cyphert.
In Campbell County, the district includes the Brookville, New London, Walker, Spring Hill and Kings precincts. The district also covers portions of Bedford and Franklin counties and Lynchburg.
Del. Kathy Byron and Democratic challenger Katie Webb Cyphert took opposing stands on legislative seniority, ways to fix higher education, and state tax reform during a forum Tuesday night at Smith Mountain Lake.
Byron, R-Bedford County, said her 14 years in the General Assembly would rank her 14th in the House of Delegates and make her the longest-serving legislator from the Central Virginia region.
Two House of Delegates candidates, who have been campaigning door-to-door in the 22nd District, talked about issues and avoided confrontation Thursday during their first joint appearance at the Jefferson Assembly gathering in Forest.
Democratic challenger Katie Webb Cyphert thanked the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event’s organizer, for sponsoring education-related programs and scholarships.
The House of Delegates election between Democrat Katie Webb Cyphert and Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, is among the state’s more competitive races in terms of fund raising.
Cyphert’s $54,000 cash-on-hand total at the end of August ranked seventh among challengers in the 57 House contests.
About 40 people at a Lynchburg Voters League forum heard a dozen political candidates, or their surrogates, bid for votes Tuesday night in a discussion that became heated when two criticized the federal health care plan.
Members of the audience interrupted Jonathan Parrish, a Libertarian candidate for the House of Delegates in Lynchburg, and Jeff Ryer, a surrogate representing Del. Kathy Byron, when they asserted the federal plan would result in people losing their doctors — causing the forum’s moderator to remind the crowd to respect differing opinions.
Katie Webb Cyphert, a Lynchburg teacher and insurance salesperson, announced Monday that she’s a candidate for the House of Delegates seat held by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County.
Addressing about 75 people in the Anne Spencer Garden on Pierce Street, Cyphert said, “My children deserve a better future than the one our local representatives are busy creating.”
Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, announced Wednesday she will seek re-election to an eighth term in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Byron already has secured the Republican nomination for the November general election.
With some legislators saying a federal health-care exchange is likely to be set up in Virginia next year, lawmakers agreed to create a state panel to monitor insurance companies that provide the health insurance.
Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, said it’s likely Virginia will need a Health Insurance Reform Commission to keep an eye on what happens under the federal health care law, which is scheduled to launch a health-insurance-for-everyone program next January.