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VaNews for 2019 State Senate - District 21 - Regular General


Legislators face advocates as gun bills move forward

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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